What is the fastest way (i.e. most efficient way) to wax a ceramic pot before glazing. I'm starting to do production pottery and need to find the quickest way to wax the bottom of pots without wasting time.

So far I have all of the pots lined up (upside down) and go along painting on the wax with a thicker paint brush as not to waste time. I have also watered down my wax so that it is quicker to paint and quicker to dry. But, any other advice would be helpful.

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    Hi Cory, what have you tried so far?
    – Joachim
    Dec 9, 2021 at 9:52
  • Hi @Joachim, so I just made an edit to the post to tell you what I have tried so far. See above Dec 9, 2021 at 17:24
  • Not a potter so I don't know, but can you dip them in the wax instead of brushing it on?
    – Allison C
    Dec 10, 2021 at 14:48
  • Hi Allison, the problem with that is that if any wax gets where you don't want it then glaze wont stick to that part of the pot, which leaves you with an unfinished look to your pot Dec 10, 2021 at 19:41
  • I'm still not sure how dipping would be an issue there, though I'm guessing from the accepted answer, you leave the pots inverted after waxing. I am definitely not a potter--I took pottery in college, and I was terrible at throwing pots, which is why I won't even attempt an answer to this one.
    – Allison C
    Dec 13, 2021 at 14:34

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If your pottery all have exactly the same size and shaped bottoms, you could make a shield out of cardboard or acrylic with an opening in the center which exactly matches that bottom. You could then add more cardboard or acrylic on the bottom side of that shield to build up a downward pointing ridge that fits the first quarter inch of the sides of each pot. This shield could then be quickly placed on top of each pot and held in place with one hand while the other hand applies the brush to the exposed bottom. The shield would hopefully catch any excess wax, keeping it from rolling down the sides to interfere with the glazing.

As the wax may gather on the shield after each use, you may need wipe it off after every few pots. Creating a second tool in the form of a towel covered cone which matches the shield's opening and sides, could give you a place to perform that cleaning.

One final improvement to the shield would involve finding a wide brush which can apply wax to an entire pot bottom in one stroke. Once you have such a brush, you can add raised sides to the top of the shield to form a trough to guide that extremely efficient brush stroke.

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