Clay projects are so much fun to do. Children and adults love creating ceramic projects and while we do love using clay glazes sometimes it just isn’t feasible. Here are different glaze alternatives to try during your next clay lesson.
Why might you not want to use clay glaze?
Time, money and availability of clay glazes. Seriously if you have ever tried to get 500 clay projects fired twice before the end of the school year, you may be considering other options for adding color to ceramic projects. Use these ideas in your art classroom, studio or home.
What makes a non-glazed clay project look cool?
The type of clear coat that you use can make the world of difference. Some clear coats will help seal the project, but can also have a fun appearance like the clay flower below.
The before image of this pinch pot was painted with acrylic paint and the after was sealed with iridescent gloss medium.
What can you use instead of clay glazes?
- Spray Paint
- Rub and Buff
- Decoupage Tissue Paper
- Painting With Wet Tissue Paper Removed After Drying
- Watercolor Paint
- Tempera Paint
- Acrylic Paint
- Paint Markers (Our Favorite Metallic Ones)
- Crayon (or even DIY recycled cookie cutter crayons)
- Oil Pastel
- Colored Pencil
- Puffy Paint
- Clay Dipped into Shaving Cream and Liquid Watercolor
We have used most of these materials in one way or another. This list will continue to get new images as we experiment with different clay coloring ideas.
Need clay project inspiration?
Check out our 8 easy pinch pot clay lessons to try with elementary students.
Maybe you do want to use clay glaze with children then you must check out our 9 tips for how to use clay glaze with kids.
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