Black Engobe 2
can be used on greenware or bisque, cone 06-6, oxidation or reduction
author also notes it gives interesting luster in raku
15 Frit 3110
4 Chrome oxide
3 Cobalt oxide
2 Copper oxide
5 Manganese dioxide
Note that I have only used this at cone 6 oxidation.
Here's a few things showing this engobe either by itself or under a clear glaze. I don't currently have finished work that shows the engobe highlighting texture like the picture of a bisque fired plate in my last post. I used two coats of engobe on the pieces in these next pictures. Often I apply one coat to greenware and the second on the bisque fired piece. It gels quite a bit upon storing, but flows really well from the brush once it's been stirred.
This tile shows the engobe coated with a clear glaze- probably one that contains one percent iron oxide.
The yellow is another engobe containing vanadium pentoxide.
Under clear glaze again. The clear glaze causes a little movement on the vertical surface where it overlaps with the white glaze.
The black engobe part of this pendant was left unglazed. By itself, the engobe has an interesting texture- slightly orange peel.
This little birdie has been left outside in all weather for several years. I left the engobe unglazed and you can see it has dulled and developed some gray spots. I actually like the weathered look of it , but would recommend to a customer that ceramic garden items be brought indoors in the winter. I wanted to see how it would hold up to the elements if I left it out year round.
I haven't tried this but here's another recipe for black engobe from the same article:
Black Engobe 1
cones 06-6, oxidation or reduction
author notes this recipe yields blue/black when diluted by an opaque white glaze.
15 frit 3110
3 cobalt oxide
10 red iron oxide