The Simple Joy of Food Coloring

Quick solution for a new problem…

Recently I’ve been finding myself juggling a few different white glazes at a time while glazing up kiln a load of work. A few nights ago, I noticed that my small bucket of Eggshell White that I was testing was ominously empty. ????? Last time I had used it I had poured it into a narrow container to make it volumetrically easier to dip my test yunomi into, but unfortunately I must have poured it into… aaaaaaah, which bucket?
Oh Darn it!

So… my stopgap solution, (aside from limiting my pallet), is tinting a few of my problematic glazes with food coloring so I can keep a thumb on what glaze goes back into which bucket.

The tinting is subtle, but it serves its purpose. So far the food coloring seems to burn away without affecting my finished glazes.

You know… This wouldn’t be a problem if I kept 15 gallon pails of my favorite glazes mixed up and on hand like a real potter.


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