AMACO PC-57 Potter's Choice Smokey Merlot
AMACO Potter's Choice glazes have rapidly become one of our most popular lines for potters schools and hobbyists. These glazes are the perfect choice for those who want a reliable line of mid-fire cone 6 glazes that mimmic Cone 10 reduction in a Cone 6 electric kiln.
- Mimic the look of Cone 10 reduction at Cone 6 oxidation (electric)
- Availble in pints or gallons for brushing and 25lb pails dry for dipping
- All colors are designed for layering so an almost infinite number of combinations is possible
- Compatible with virtually any Cone 6 clay bodies
- Most colors are certified AP Non-Toxic and food safe (see individual color pages or glaze label for specific color information)
- Well tested and reliable
Liquid Brushing Directions
DIRECTIONS: Shake well before use. Thin with water and AMACO® Gum Solution if needed. Apply 3 coats of glaze to Cone 04 bisque. (Let the glaze dry between coats.) Glaze fire to Cone 5-6.
Smokey Merlot benefits from a heavier application—it creates more separation from the base glaze to the float. Texture accentuates this effect. This glaze is also great to use when layering with other AMACO® Potter’s Choice glazes.
PC-57 Smokey Merlot is a dark shade of purple, much the color of merlot wine, with a soft web of off-white that floats over the surface. This glaze is gorgeous on smooth or textured surfaces.
Dry Dipping Directions and Warning
MIXING INSTRUCTIONS: Do not produce dust. Wear a NIOSH approved mask for dust or mist. Do not empty glaze powder into another container. Add water gradually into the bucket, stirring slowly. The glaze level will drop in the bucket as you mix in the water, allowing for more water additions until a creamy consistency is achieved. To insure a homogenous mixture, use a glaze mixer attached to a hand drill. Mix for at least half an hour. Although every glaze formula will have its own special water requirements, a basic recipe is to add 3 1/3 gallons of water to 25 pounds of dry glaze. Add a little more water if needed. One pound of AMACO® dry glaze will make approximately one pint of liquid glaze. Try not to let the glaze become thinner than needed, since the lower the viscosity, the greater the chance that heavy glaze particles will settle out. AMACO® glazes have a sufficient suspending agent to prevent settling unless an excessive amount of water is added. Store prepared glazes in their own airtight buckets.
DIRECTIONS: Stir well before using. If it is too thick, add some water very cautiously until it has the consistency of thin cream (dipping consistency). Dip the Cone 04 (1940°F, 1060°C) bisque fired piece into the glaze, lift it out and turn it over, allowing the excess glaze to pour out. The glaze will stop running as soon as it is lifted out of the bucket. Application is uniform and there is no waiting for it to drip or dry. Fire to witness Cone 5-6.
Request Material Safety Data Sheets when using in manufacturing. Tableware producers must test all finished ware to establish dinnerware status, due to possible variations in firing temperature and contamination.
WARNING: This product contains a material known to the State of California to cause cancer.
PC-57 Smokey Merlot is an “Artistic Float Glaze”. These glazes need a certain thickness to float materials to the top surface of the glaze. This creates interest where the glaze pools in texture or drips. (If the glaze is applied too thinly, the glaze will not be able to float. The end result will be flat and probably an incorrect color) The tiles show the float developing as the glaze is applied more heavily. Float makes these glazes perfect for layering.
Layering with PC-55 Chun Plum
A layering chart is not yet available for PC55.
PC-55 Chun Plum Temperature/Color Variation at Cone 10
This chip shows how PC-57 Smokey Merlot looks when fired to Cone 10 on AMACO® 38-M White Stoneware Clay. Please note: this glaze has not been tested for dinnerware safety at Cone 10. Tableware producers must have all finished ware tested and approved as safe for dinnerware through a certified laboratory.
Download the AMACO Potters Choice Glaze Catalog
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Download the AMACO Potters Choice Application Guide
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