These rich earth earth colors and subdued tones are created from
either natural clays or a mixture or clays and other ceramic raw
materials and can be applied using a variety of methods.
All colors in the Engobes series are LEAD FREE and NON-TOXIC.
Sgraffito, Slip Trailing, and Painting. Engobes are either
natural clays or a mixture of clays and ceramic raw materials, and are
typically rich earth colors and subdued tones. Only water is added to
obtain a working consistency like thick cream.
Methods of Decoration : Engobes may be brushed,
poured, or trailed thinly on wet or dry greenware. Sometimes they are
used to cover an inferior body, but generally are applied as decoration
to contrast with the color of the clay piece. Slip painting, slip
trailing, and Sgraffito are especially good decorating methods for
engobes. For best results when slip painting, use short brush strokes.
The designs should be compressed with direct strokes of the brush which
is heavily loaded with the engobe. More elaborate designs may be made by
the slip trailing method. Try decorating with a Slip Trailer
to produce thin and thick line designs. When the Sgraffito process is
used, designs are scratched into a layer of engobe so the color of the
clay shows through.
When used for decorative ware on stoneware and left unglazed, most of
them have a smooth matte, or satin finish, except SE-701, SE-720, and
SE-740. These will have an irregular surface at Cone 5-6.
Any moist pottery clay may be decorated with AMACO®
Engobes and fired to the maturing temperature of the clay.
Usually, a clear transparent glaze for unique effects is applied over
the entire decorated shape.
If left unglazed, AMACO® Engobes should not be used on surfaces which
come in contact with food or drink. AMACO® clear glazes LG-10, F-10,
and HF-9 or any other dinnerware safe glaze are recommended to be used
over AMACO® Engobes to make them dinnerware safe.
AMACO® Engobes have only been tested and approved as dinnerware safe when applied and fired under AMACO® LG-10 Clear Glaze.
AMACO® Engobes are available in 1 lb. dry containers for mixing with water.