How Do I Glaze My Pottery In An Oven? [Issues & Solved]

Glazing pottery can be pretty enjoyable, but at the same time, you can feel difficulties doing it if you are a beginner. However, getting a chance to learn something makes us happy and increases our creativity. 


Today, I would like to talk about how you can glaze your pottery in an oven, as many creative people are fascinated to know the easy steps to glaze the pots at home. I love to make different designs and colors of pots. When I get free time, I often do this. So I thought of sharing my ideas about how you can quickly glaze the pottery using different things. 

How do I Glaze my Pottery in an Oven?

Here, I will describe the step-by-step process of glazing the pottery in the oven. 

  • First, you need to check whether the pot you want to glaze is dry or not. Check with your hand if it is sticky or not. If it is moist or moisture comes into the bank, give more time to dry it. It should be scorched before you keep it in the oven. Otherwise, it can cause problems while glazing the pot. The pot should not be too cold or hot. Maintaining the proper temperature on the bank can help to glaze it perfectly. 
  • The next thing you have to do is to set the pottery upside down. You have to keep it upside down because it helps tribute the heat from the oven to the glazed pottery.  For better results, you can also have to adjust the rack so that you can keep it, and the essential thing for glazing the pottery is to fire it properly, which will help avoid minor problems like cracking or discoloration,n, etc. 
  • Now, it is time to set the temperature in the oven. The perfect temperature for bisque firing the pottery is 325 degrees Fahrenheit; you need to do this for half an hour. It would help if you were very careful about the temperature. If you apply a temperature above what it requires, the pottery may be cracked. Excessive temperature is not suitable for glazing in the pottery as the chemicals laze can make the entire pottery bad. 
  • The last step is to remove the pottery from the oven carefully. Use proper protection while removing the pots from the stove as it is too hot, and your hands may get burned. 

Can you Glaze Clay in a Regular Oven?

No, you can not glaze clay in a regular oven. The reason is the clay can not tolerate the higher temperature, and if you do this, it will start to melt and damage the internal parts of the oven. If you want to put clay in the oven, you should use polymer clay. Polymer clay is the best option; it won’t burn if you apply the lower temperature as recommended. 

Do you Glaze Before or After you Bake Clay?

It would help if you glazed after you baked.  Give some time to cool it down, and apply colors and glaze. The first round of firing is called bisque firing, making the clay stronger and more complex. 

How do I Glaze my Pottery in an oven without a Kiln?

Technically, you can not glaze your pottery in an oven without a kiln. If you want to glaze your pottery in an oven, applying a kiln is a must as it will help you use it for a long time, causing no cracking or discoloration. Although some steps will help fire the glazed pottery without a kiln, it won’t be too effective. But if you want to do it, you can try it once. The methods are:

  • Pit firing
  • Smoking firing

Frequently Asked Questions: 

Q. Can I use my oven instead of a kiln?

Yes, you can use the oven if you do not have a kiln at home. Using an oven helps the pottery dry out quickly and takes less time. 

Q. How Much Does a Pottery Kiln cost?

The price range of a pottery kiln starts from $700 (small)  to $1500 (big). The general cost of the pottery kiln is nearly $1600, which is quite expensive. 


If you are fascinated by making different shapes and designs of pottery, you can do it at home by following some steps. Glazing the pottery can be pretty tricky if you are new to it. I hope this article will help you learn about the process of glazing the pottery at home. If you have any questions regarding any topics, feel free to ask. To know more, be our companion!