In 2008, the American Clay Art Company (Amaco) celebrated 90 years as a leader in Safe Ceramic Programs with 40 Years of Brent Innovation for Pottery Wheels. Amaco is #1 at supporting artists, students, and teachers by offering tried and true non-toxic lead-free glazes, safety information, lesson plans, innovative glaze choices, high quality equipment, and customer support. Chances are you won't be able to enter any studio around without encountering numerous Amaco products! Popular with professionals, students, teachers, and hobbyists alike, Amaco's reliability and huge variety of offerings have confirmed its place at the ceramics studio go-to brand. Here at The Ceramic Shop, we carry a wide selection of Amaco's varied products. Below is just a list of some of the top notch glaze series and equipment manufactured by Amaco.
AMACO® Velvets semi-translucent underglazes have the appearance of velour or velvet when left unglazed or will intensify in color when covered with an AMACO® Clear Transparent or Gloss glaze. Amaco Velvet Underglazes can be used in detailed design work as a Cone 05/06 underglaze or they can be fired up to Cone 6 and maintain their intensity and brightness. All the Velvets are very rich colors and can be used for an all over coverage similar to an opaque underglaze.
AMACO Liquid Underglaze Decorating Colors are intense, opaque colors ideal for covering large areas quickly, easily and smoothly. They can also be used for detailed painting, sgraffito decoration, water color effects, free brush painting, wax resists and mishima decoration. LUGs are dinnerware safe when covered by AMACO clear glazes LG-10, F-10, and HF-9 or any other dinnerware safe glaze. LUG Underglazes are available in 2oz jars and pints in colors: Black, White, Light Blue, Dark Blue, Aqua, Light Brown, Blue Green, Dark Green, Rose, Peach, Dark Red, Light Yellow, Warm Gray, Medium Blue, Turquoise, Mahogany Brown, Chartreuse, Warm Green, Pink, Sun Tan, Lilac, Purple, Bright Yellow, Orange.
Underglaze Decorating Pencils are ideal for shading, fine line drawing or identification. Apply the underglaze pencil to bisque ware to create a variety of unique decorative designs.Unlike regular pencils—care must be taken in sharpening Underglaze Pencils. Do not use a pencil sharpener. It is best to sharpen them with a knife or blade. The maximum firing temperature is Cone 10 for Blue, Black, and Green, Cone 5 for Brown and Yellow, and Cone 05 for Rose.
Decorating colors are concentrated, intense and opaque. Additional shades and tints can be made by intermixing. Colors may be brushed on either bisque or greenware. A brush dipped in water lifts the color for decorating. Further thinning of the water soluble colors prepares them for transparent water color effects by brushing.
These rich 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. AMACO® Engobes have only been tested and approved as dinnerware safe when applied and fired under AMACO® LG-10 Clear Glaze.
Low Fire (Cone 06-04) Glazes:
Available in eight 100% intermixable colors, Teacher's Choice® (TC) gloss glazes offer limitless color for limited budgets. AMACO® Teacher's Choice® (TC) gloss glazes are completely intermixable so they can be blended with each other or with any of the new AMACO® Teacher's Palette® (TP) glazes to create an infinite color palette. The eight TC glazes are AP NON-TOXIC, LEAD FREE, dinnerware safe, bright and colorful, and are safe for use by artists of any age. Available in gallons.
Available in 16 fully intermixable colors, Teacher's Palette® (TP) gloss glazes offer limitless color for limited budgets. AMACO® Teacher's Palette® (TP) liquid gloss glazes are completely intermixable so they can be blended with each other or with any of the new AMACO® Teacher's Choice® (TC) glazes to create an infinite color palette. The 16 TP glazes are AP NON-TOXIC, LEAD FREE, dinnerware safe, offer brilliant color, and are safe for use by artists of any age. Available in pint sizes.
AMACO® Gloss Glazes flow slightly during firing to achieve a smooth, high gloss finish. Firing temperature is Cone 05. AMACO® Gloss Glazes fire to a smooth, glossy finish at a witness Cone 05 (1911°F, 1044°C). AMACO® Gloss Glazes flow slightly during firing to a high gloss finish, while correcting most application imperfections.
The AMACO® Matt (LM) Glaze Series is one of the most pleasing for decorative art pottery and tile. These glazes provide a smooth, satin finish which is suitable for glazing pottery shapes formed from all AMACO® dry or moist firing clays. Because AMACO® LM Matt Glazes are nonflowing, they are adaptable for some unique types of decoration.
No two pieces glazed with AMACO Textured Alligator Glazes are ever alike due to the many variations in texture which occur in firing. Variegated matt textures predominate at the lower firing temperatures and gloss textures at the higher with a mingling of matt and gloss between the extremes.
AMACO® F-Series Glazes are fritted, leadless compositions. They are semi-opaque and fire with a high gloss. Colors are more intense and brilliant than those of many other glazes. Because AMACO® F-Series Glazes are leadless, they are recommended for dinnerware as well as all types of pottery made from AMACO® pottery clays.
Most of the AMACO® Opalescent Glazes have a high gloss similar to mother-of-pearl. Best results are achieved with three or four applications of glaze on red low fire earthenware clay. On textured ware, the glaze flows thin on relief and thick in incised areas, giving an added dimension on the surface.
Crystaltex Glazes are for the potter who dares to try something novel. Multi-color effects can be subtle as with CTL-32, which fires to a creamy yellow peppered with rich brown, or they can be bold like the red, white and blue of CTL-54 Firecracker. No two pieces will ever be alike, but all will be unique.
These glazes will produce a very dramatic effect when reduced after the Raku firing. Raku is a very unpredictable medium and is affected by many variables. The effects achieved with these or any other Raku glazes may not always be the same. Even after you have done Raku for a long time you will see that it is almost impossible to have complete control over the result or a consistent glaze effect even if you are using the glaze from the same jar. However this is a spontaneous technique and all the varied effects are usually acceptable. Tong marks and other marks from reduction material is considered a characteristic of Raku, not a defect.
These special effects glazes imitate the Artist/Potter's favorites. They are Cone 05 oxidation glazes that look like high fired reduction stoneware. Effects like Tommoku, Rutile, Oil Spot, and other reduction surfaces are achieved without the cost or trouble of high fire reduction. Artist Choice glazes look best when applied on red low fire earthenware clay. For application by dipping or pouring, thorough stirring of the glaze is necessary since the crystals settle to the bottom of the jar. A more controlled decorative effect can be obtained by brushing. Dip the brush in the glaze at the top of the jar and apply two or more coats. Lift the crystals from the bottom of the jar with the brush and place where desired.
High Fire (Cone 5-6) Glazes:
Sahara High Fire Glazes produce interesting effects when fired in reduction as well as in oxidation and are compounded to match porcelain and stoneware bodies. Sahara High Fire Glazes work well and produce interesting effects when fired in reduction as well as in oxidation (reduction firing not recommended for HF-26).
AMACO® Potter's Choice glazes achieve the effects of Cone 10 reduction without the need for a reduction gas kiln or firing to high temperatures. These are a collection of potters' favorite glazes made easy and are some of the most popular glazes Amaco makes. Potters Choice glazes are fired in an oxidation kiln. They are made for anyone who would like to achieve the Cone 10 reduction effects without having to have a reduction gas kiln or firing at that high temperature. The PC Series glazes look beautiful and authentic. They work well over any of the AMACO® stoneware or porcelain clays.
Semi-Moist Overglaze Decorating Colors are a permanent ceramic decoration for glazed pottery and metal enameled pieces. Tiles, sculpture, costume jewelry and commemorative plates are only a few of the many items suitable for brilliant overglaze decoration for a third firing.
The water soluble colors may be intermixed to obtain many colors, shades, and tints. A brush dipped in water lifts the intense, semi-moist color from the pan for application on glazed pottery or fired metal enamel surfaces. There is no waste. Colors dry quickly and are practically the same tone before and after firing. Recommended firing temperature is Cone 015 with a range of Cone 016 to Cone 012.
Brent has set the standard for wheel performance and quality for 40 years. Potters worldwide recognize the gold splash pans as the identifying trademark of a brent wheel. In addition to great quality, enjoy a $70 gift of LEAD FREE AMACO® glazes with the purchase of a wheel!
Brent offers two manual extruders - one table/slab roller model and a wall-mount model plus several die sets for creating dozens of clay shapes. All extruders include a 1 year warranty.
Durable and dependable Brent Slab Rollers make perfectly smooth clay slabs everytime. Available in a variety of sized like the mini size for home artists and the SR20, SR14, SR36, SRC for heavy duty use like studios and classrooms. Enjoy up to a $100 gift of LEAD FREE AMACO® glazes with a purchase of a Brent slab roller!
The heavy duty ware cart is now stronger and more versatile than ever before! Designed to provide storage for ware in process, drying, cooling after firing, or moving pieces, the brent Ware Cart EX includes these features like a top/bottom frame supports that bolt into place, a powder coated frame for greater durability and improved scratch and corrosion resistance, heavy duty- totally locking casters eliminate swivel and turning of wheel, easy assembly (one person can assemble alone), and shelf instead of the previous 8 for greater stacking versatility.