from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An outer coat of glaze on a piece of pottery.
  • n. A painted or printed decoration applied over a glaze.
  • transitive v. To apply an overglaze to.
  • adj. Applied or designed for applying over a ceramic glaze.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The outer layer or coat of glaze on a piece of pottery
  • n. A decoration, usually enamel, applied over a glaze.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Applied over the glaze; -- said of enamel paintings, which sometimes are seen to project from the surface of the ware.
  • adj. Suitable for applying upon the glaze; -- said of vitrifiable colors used in ceramic decoration.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To glaze over; cover with superficial brilliancy; hide (an inferior material) with something more showy.
  • n. In ceramics, a second glaze applied to a piece of porcelain of which the first glaze is deeply colored or crackled, or covered with paintings in enamel.
  • In ceramics, used for painting upon the glaze: said of a vitrifiable pigment: as, an overglaze color.


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  • Doucai is a porcelain that combines a blue-and-white underglaze with an overglaze decoration.

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  • I made the horizontal lines by dripping the overglaze on the side while the pot was tipped.

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  • “The illustrations are mixed media using pencil, gouache, acrylics, and collage, with an overglaze of oil paint”, says the publication page.

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  • It lay with the greeny-blue overglaze still on it.

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  • In the late Ming, decoration in overglaze enamels, often in combination with underglaze blue, was used to startling effect, especially in urban areas.

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  • Later, under Tang Ying (1736–49), the imperial craftsmen developed the elaborate famille rose palette of opaque overglaze enamels, which is distinguished by mixed colors and replacement of ferric oxide red by carmine derived from gold.


  • The techniques of enameling on the biscuit, of composite monochrome glazing, of application of underglaze blue in powder form, and of decoration overglaze in transparent famille verte enamels were perfected.


  • The design is carefully smoothed, dried and fired like standard overglaze.

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  • Most commercially sold decorated dinnerware is decorated with decals (sometimes called transfers), which are made from overglaze that is silkscreen-printed onto decal paper.

    10. Decoration

  • Some suppliers have ready-mixed overglaze, which comes in tubes.

    10. Decoration


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