John Britt Pottery

Over the Counter Glazes



Over the Counter Glazes



This is an article published in Ceramics Monthly in 2002 on a series of experiments I did trying to make glazes from only materials bought in a Walmart near where I lived. I wanted to call it “Local Materials” but they liked “Over the Counter.” I had worked with local materials and made glazes with shale, wood ash and other rocks and minerals but thought it would be fun to try to make glazes with the same materials only processed into our daily products. It includes glazes with Alka-seltzer, toothpaste, milk of magnesia, talcum powder, etc. Fun experiment and actually nice glazes.