RAM Products Fountain Glazer:
A tool to quickly and easily glaze pottery and ceramics
The RAM Fountain Glazer
The Fountain Glazer is a foot operated glaze pump constructed
of sturdy steel tubing and heavy duty non rusting cast aluminum
parts. It measures 27" x 11" x 36" and has a 16
quart stainless steel reservoir.
How does it Work?
The Fountain Glazer is a foot powered tool, requiring no electricity,
hydraulic or pneumatics in its operation. After filling the glaze
reservoir the operator holds an inverted pottery form over the
center of the bowl and depresses the foot pedal. A controlled
velocity "fountain of glaze" coats the inside of the
vessel in one swift motion, then the pot is dipped into the glaze
to the desired level (see vacuum hand description) to complete
the glazing cycle. Our specially designed and cast bell pump provides
a low volume, high velocity glazing action making it possible
to glaze a wide variety of inside pot shapes. Convenient water
clean out fittings are provided to clean out the pump and the
stainless reservoir is also easily cleaned for glaze change over.
Why do I need one?
1. Time savings. If you glaze more than 2,000 pots a year,
the Fountain Glazer will save about 50% of routine glazing time.
2. If you have to apply liner glazes for salt glaze pots or
lamps for instance, the Fountain Glazer is designed for you.
3. Its simple operation makes competent glazing accessible
to less skilled apprentices or employees.
4. No air borne particles or overblown waste is generated as
with sprayed glaze application.
good demonstration of how effective this piece of equipment
is can be seen at site of William Melstrom -
Here are some examples from William: (Thanks William for use of your images !)
Glazing a bowl. First,
the bowl is dipped down to the foot-ring line. Then the bowl is lifted from the
basin and the inside of the bowl is fountain-glazed.
There are limits to
how deep a bowl can be dipped. But the
insides of very
big bowls, even as large as the basin, can be fountain-glazed. The jet of glaze
fans out when it hits the bowl, easily and uniformly covering the entire interiors of bowls.
The Vacuum Hand (an Optional Accessory for the Glaze Fountain)
The Vacuum Hand is a vacuum suction holder that makes it possible
to pick up and securely hold onto pot bottoms without having to
use your finger grip. A comfortable vacuum handle and a 10' long
reinforced vacuum line attach to our (optional) portable vacuum
pump or to the vacuum pump from your de-airing pug mill. The Vacuum
Hand is a companion tool of the Fountain Glazer.
How does it work?
With the appropriate vacuum pump operating, the Vacuum Hand
suction head is positioned on the bottom where it will take a
firm hold. The operator then holds the pot over the Fountain Glazer
reservoir (or other glaze container) and dips the pot down to
the desired level. The freshly glazed pot is then righted and
the vacuum is manually released.