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May 16, 2013

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My Favorite Economical Glaze: Amoco Teacher’s Palette

If you flip through your Sax or Dick Blick catalog, you will find over 12 pages filled with a variety of different glazes made by different companies. You can find over 30 yellow glazes, 33 red glazes, and 83 blue glazes. The glazes drastically vary in price depending on the brand and color. As we all know, glaze is one of the most expensive items we purchase for our classrooms.

Like many other art teachers, I have a very limited art budget. The first year I taught at my current school, I couldn’t afford to purchase glaze. It wasn’t until the second year that I had enough supplies saved up so I could afford to buy glaze. Naturally I searched through the school supply catalogues for the most inexpensive glaze I could find. I accepted that I might need to search for quantity over quality. I stumbled across what is now my favorite economical glaze: Amoco Teacher’s Palette Glaze

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Here are  6 reasons why I love Teacher’s Palette Glaze.

  1. It’s inexpensive. No matter what color you buy, they all cost the same. A pint from Dick Blick is $6.96 and an 8 oz. is 11.99. A pint from Sax is 6.55 and an 8 oz. is $10.89. Bonus- both companies sell select colors in gallons for around $55.00
  2. They come in class sets. You can purchase these glazes in class sets of pints or 8 oz. jars.
  3. Amaco Teacher’s Palette Glazes are lead-free! Definitely a must have for children.
  4. These glazes can be mixed together with another Teachers Palette color.
  5. The red always turns out red. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always had trouble with firing red glazes. I’ve had excellent results with the Brick Red. It’s definitely not the most brilliant or bright red in the world, but it is pretty.
  6. The colors are truly beautiful! The catalogs and websites don’t do the colors justice. The colors look much better in person, trust me!

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You can’t go wrong with buying Amoco Teacher’s Palette glazes. They’re inexpensive, come in a variety of sizes, are easy to mix, and produce beautiful colors. Be sure to add them to your supply list next year!

Do you have a go to glaze you frequently purchase?

Any duds you wouldn’t recommend? 

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  • Susan Bivona

    I agree completely! The Amoco Teacher’s Palette glazes are perfect for school. I purchased the sets and then added a few extra bottles of the colors I knew I would run out out of – yellow, pink, blue, green and blue green! My biggest suggestion and I tell this to my students – paint on 2 (or 3) coats to really give it a thick sold covering!

  • Annie b

    I swear by the Speedball low fire earthenware glazes. Their consistency is unlike any other glaze. It’s an actual thick gel (not pourable, but immensely brushable), that goes on smoothly and you don’t need as many coats as it adheres quite well. It also thins well with water, and the shelf life is awesome. This stuff never dries out…unlike the standard Amaco Liquid Gloss Glazes which crumble and dry out in the bottle. These Amaco teacher’s palette glazes sound interesting though, maybe worth a try, too! The best thing about the Speedball is the class set is fairly inexpensive and it lasts forever….and last but not least….the red is a warm brilliant lead-free red!!! As you said, good red glazes are hard to find, but the Speedball red is brilliant!

    • http://www.theartofed.com/ Cassidy Reinken

      I’ve never tried Speedball glazes, I might have to order one to test it out. Thanks for sharing!

      • Annie b

        If you buy one, go for the red! :-D

        • http://www.theartofed.com/ Cassidy Reinken

          You read my mind. ;)

    • http://www.theartofed.com/ Jessica Balsley

      I even mixed the Speedball with water to thin them out and they went twice as far!

  • Lisa Hartz

    I love these as well! Great color selections and great cost. I also like that they mix well together.

    I found this year and LOVE LOVE LOVE the Duncan Concepts Underglazes. They are easy to paint details with, don’t need multiple coats to achieve a great color (They have NEON bright amazing colors), they shine even without a clear coat (Though one is needed to make it food-safe), they are mixable… and my favorite… they come in great 8oz containers for only about 6.99 (through SAX). Most underglazes I’ve seen can be bought in 2oz or a pint (16oz), which is either too little or too much for some colors! I think the 8oz bottle is perfect. I bought 13 colors and that was more than enough for 11 classes worth of projects.

    • http://www.theartofed.com/ Cassidy Reinken

      Do you only use underglazes?
      My 7th grader just finished painting their clay with really old Amoco underglaze! (Prior to this, I hadn’t used them in a long time.) The Duncan Underglazes look cool, and much nicer than my Amoco ones. We will see how the Amoco ones turn out tomorrow when I open the kiln. It’s always so exciting to open the kiln and see the results! Thanks for sharing!

      • Lisa Hartz

        I use regular glazes on coil pots or other “containers” but I like the underglazes for more detailed work, like the clay creature rattles my 5th graders just made! They seem to act more like a paint and not having to add layers of the glaze makes the students happier – and works well with the time we have to paint our clay.
        And I agree with you about opening the kiln! It’s one of my most favorite things to do!

    • Stephanie Brooks

      Can these underglazes be used on greenware?

      • Lisa Hartz

        The bottle says underglaze for bisque – so I’m guessing they’re not supposed to, However, I did paint a broken greenware piece just to test it when I first got them and the colors turned out fine but there wasn’t as nice of a shine.

  • Erica

    Amaco:) thank u I’m having glaze problems this year!

  • Jackie Cassidy

    Stroke and Coat is my favorite. Colors are mixable and look like what the final result will be. I did a huge wall mural in my previous school using Stroke and Coat on bisque premade tiles. It looks brilliant!