Answers to common questions, and things you should know
Midnight Ceramics is currently a team of 2 people. We are currently shipping our orders once a week. If you have any questions or concerns about the speed of your shipment (like if you run out of glaze for a big shop update) let us know and we will see if we can help.
Shipping costs are always a pain, but being as small scale as we are we can't afford anything other than what it would cost you to take a box to the post office to ship. The easiest way to keep shipping costs down is to buy more glazes in a single order. Our maximum shipping price within the US is $21.
Shipping internationally starts at about $100 (yes, really) and goes up from there. If anything goes wrong with an international order, we simply can't afford to send a replacement product, so international customers take on more risk than domestic customers do. Currently our site is set to not allow international shipping for these reasons. If you'd like a quote, please let us know.
How do you get those colors?
-None of our glazes have any stains in them. While stains are a good way to get colors that are otherwise difficult to get in a glaze, the end result tends to be very flat and opaque. We rely on oxides and chemical reactions between materials to get the colors that we want. We want our glazes to have depth and character that you won’t find from other glaze companies.
Can I use these glazes for dishware?
-Yes! Currently, all of our glazes are dishware safe, microwave safe, and dishwasher safe when they are fired properly.
What clay can I use?
-Our glazes are tested on Little Loafers by Highwater Clay. We recommend testing your Midnight Ceramics glaze on your clay body of choice to ensure safety and aesthetics before applying it to your pottery.
Whats the best way to test a glaze?
-The best way is to make a test tile! Test tiles should be the same clay body you intend to use, the same or similar thickness to the pots you usually make, stand about 3 inches tall vertical, and should have both textured and a non textured surface. Once you make some tiles, you can bisque fire them and apply glaze. For each glaze you want to test we suggest applying 2 coats to one tile and 3 to another. This will help you understand how color, and runniness changes depending on thickness. If you want to understand the glaze even more, you can also try putting the test tiles in different places in the kiln to see how different levels of heat and speeds of cooling can affect a glaze.
Why is it important to test glazes before applying them to pots?
-Glazes can be unpredictable, and even more so when you layer them together due to eutectics. A eutectic is a mixture of substances whose melting point is lower than the combined melting point of the two substances. A good example of this is salt water. Salt water has a melting point of -5° F, while salt melts at 1,474°F, and water melts at 32°F. When this happens to glazes, you can have 2 glazes that work beautifully at △5/△6 individually, but layered together create a eutectic that melts at △3, leaving you a terrible mess in your kiln. Always test a new glaze before applying it to a pot. Even just a little bit of a second glaze along the rim of a tall pot can reach the shelf when eutectics get involved.
What is a kitchen sink glaze?
When we are developing our glazes, we run countless tests that produce large amounts of glaze. So we mix it all together, test whatever glaze it is that comes out. And if its good enough, we sell it as a kitchen sink. The reason these can't be reproduced is because there is no way to tell how much of each of the glazes we used ended up in the kitchen sink. If there is a kitchen sink that you absolutely love, don't worry! All of our kitchen sinks proceed a new glaze release that we believe to be even better than the culmination of our tests.
Do you have a question that isn’t answered here?
-Email us at MidnightCeramicCo@gmail.com and we will be happy to help you out!