Monday, June 2, 2008

a bit of process

I am struggling with glaze application these days. I am wanting to do some fine drawing and painting on my pots. I can't seem to get the glaze lines thin enough to please me. They are dipped in clear after the drawing is done on the bisque. This can cause a bit of feathering and running, which can look good. It all depends on the drawing. The fine details get lost when this happens. I am going to try an underglaze next and after that perhaps some china paints.

Here is all of the bisque with the initial glaze work (simple as you can see).

They are next dipped in clear glossy and then when dry the tops are dipped in a matte copper blue (which will be shiny because it is over the glossy clear). I am hoping that the black line drawings show through the matte copper blue. This is an experiment, I haven't tried it before. And no, I don't make test pieces. I am impatient and I just consign the whole lot to my experimentation. Sometimes this works out well, sometimes not so much.

This is one of my favorite studio books. It is filled with really old botanical drawings. Inspiration for my next project. Think clear glossy white porcelain, some bright colours and some decals.

The fired and finished product. This morning they were unloaded from the kiln, inspected, their bottoms were sanded and they were all wrapped in paper and bubble wrap in preparation. They are being picked up tomorrow night. I will not miss them.


Emily Murphy said...

To minimize the heathering, try to find something to use on top of the glaze, but still fired together. I have had some success with using a black underglaze on top of glaze. Or using a straight oxide over the glaze.
Good luck, and congratulations on *finally* completing that order!

Patricia Griffin said...

Someone else who admits to not doing test pieces! That's my style, too... Just go for it! (However, I must admit to rethinking that MO after just experiencing a complete melt-down of new glazes from mugs onto a kiln shelf. Ouch!)
I enjoy your blog. Thanks so much for sharing!

Pauline said...

I also love graphic looks on clay and find that two techniques work best for me. Underglazes applied with a tad of glycerin on brush gives nice smooth crisp lines. Also, transfers of underglaze decorations from newsprint (I love to use silkscreens), work well too. I am always experimenting with new techniques to get images, designs on clay.

Pauline said...

Oh, I forgot to ask, could you possibly share title, ISBN, etc of your botanic reference book, I would love to have that one.

Cheryl Alena Bartram said...

Hi Pauline,
The book is 1001 Plant and Floral Illustrations from Early Herbals compiled by Richard G. Hatton. It is by Dover publications and the ISBN is 0-486-29074-3.

Pauline said...

Thanks Cheryl, I will be sure to get that book, love botanicals