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Garlic Keeper: bisque at cone 04, glazed at cone 06 using Stroke and Coat glaze

According to Malcolm Gladwell, in his book Outliers, it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become and expert at anything.

 I think when it come to Ceramics I would add, and also 10,000 experiments and 10,000 mistakes. I'll be sharing some of mine with you in this blog post.

Work Of Our Hands Beads made in Namibia 

Knowing my time in the USA would be longer this year , I was determined to search until I found a product to fix the production troubles I was having with my woman's bead making project in Africa.  We had been using underglaze with a clear glaze top coat, but having many problems with the clear top coat.

Reading about Mayco's Stroke and Coat ® intrigued me because it was described as sort of an underglaze, but not needing a clear coat on top.

At first the product did not seem very versatile, because it's rather thick, and takes 3 coats. I was used to underglaze which can be thinned down to act like water colors and can produce incredible detail, I didn't think I could get the effects I wanted with Stroke and Coat. 
Then, I started to explore and found that it is actually extremely versatile. And indeed the "Wonder Glaze" they claim it is.
I will tell you now about my discoveries. 

Paint on your 3 base coats and then use a contrasting color to stencil or screen print on top of the base color.


On these pieces I painted 2 coats of Ivory and 1 coat of Cracker Jack Brown, then while the brown was still wet, I dabbed on some other colors,( green , dark brown, and orange) This gave me some subtle color variation.


Here I painted my 3 coats of base color, then put the contrast colors in squeeze bottles. Which I got here.
It's even more dimensional if you do 2 coats of design.

As long as you have 3 coats of base color you can thin down Stroke and Coat to a watery consistency for the last coat and wash over all or part of your piece.

Here's a combination of colors and washes


As you may know, for Majolica you paint over a glaze. With Stroke and Coat, just paint on your 3 base coats and then add your detail painting on top. For the detail painting I only used 1 coat of glaze. Note: Mayco recommends using their foundations line for the base coats, but I didn't have any so I used the Stroke and Coat® and in some instances I used transparent glaze as a base.

Cup with base coat of clear glaze and Stroke and Coat on top.

Stroke and Coat is suppose to work up to cone 6
(but they recommend firing at cone 06.) All the items above were fired at
 cone 06.

Lets see how it does at cone 6:

 I was very pleased with the color at cone 6 
These samples have 3 coats of glaze.

Here is Stroke and Coat over cone 6 porcelain. I base coated each with clear glaze and then used 1 coat of Stroke and Coat. In some cases I like the water color look, in others not ! Worst of all, I lost my lettering at cone 6. The bottom of the bird cage said FLY.

This bowl was a real disaster. I stamped on the flower design and outlined with Mayco's Designer Liner. The Designer Liner is suppose to go to cone 6 but it also seems to spread at cone 6.

In summary and in my opinion, the glaze got an A+ at cone 06 and at cone 6  just know you will not get dimension or much detail but you should get great color. 
One more detail I forgot to mention earlier, but all these pieces that I am not so happy with, can be reglazed with Stroke and Coat. I was very happy to discover that Stroke and Coat sticks very well to previously glazed beads and can give them new life !

Now I just have to see how much Stroke and Coat will fit in our suitcases and save my $ for that extra bag !
 See more about our project at www.workofourhands.blogspot.com and find some of our beads at valsceramicgarden  ETSY


  1. Lots of great information and illustrative photos! Best wishes for continued success with your project.

  2. Very nice and informative post Val, I love Mayco and use a lot of their glazes. I love the colorful and uplifiting designs of all your beads.

  3. Great information, thanks for sharing! Nice work too!

  4. Val, I kinda NEED that mug! Is it for sale? Want it!! Great post...not used stroke and coat before...might try it! x

  5. Wow Val this was so helpful. I was debating whether or not to get these or Cone6 glazes in bright colors. I didn't realize these could be fired to Cone 6. THANK YOU! AND that MUG? I LOVE IT! So Grubbi and I might need to fight it out! LOL

  6. Great post. Information is very helpful.

  7. Thanks all , and Grubbi the mug is $24 plus $6 shipping Shelly,there are others on ETSY ......valsceramicgarden

  8. I really don't think the bowl is a 'disaster' it is just looser than what you planned for. Why not pull a 'Pee Wee' & say " I meant to do that " :D

  9. This was a great review! You have some beautiful work. I am ordering glaze for the first time for an elementary art program. Do you know if you can mix the stroke and coat glaze with other brands that fire to the same cone? Also what kind of clear glaze did you use? I wish you the best of luck with your project!

    1. sorry I had not looked at this post for a while......The clear glaze I like is Amaco LG10 as for mixing........experiment !

  10. great post! thank you.... I wonder, why would anyone use an underglaze then if you can get the detail this way?? just for high fire detail I assume?

    1. I am still a big big fan of underglazes. You just can not get the water color look with anything else, or the degree of detail, but as you see I am also a big fan of Stroke and Coat

  11. Great post! The test tiles photo was very helpful too :)


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