Posts Tagged ‘earthenware clay’

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The Painting of Winston

May 4, 2012

I have another photo sequence of the painting of a pet portrait plate this time for Winston.  I will follow the same process I used for the horse portrait starting with the eyes first.

First the eyes

Next, I will start to build up the other colors.  The nature of ceramic colorant is not the same as paint, I can’t mix two colors together to get another, you need to have separate colorants for each color.  I can however layer one color over top of the other and let your eyes mix them.

I will now balance out the lights and darks so the painting reads correctly before I cover it with a transparent glaze.  The other special feature these underglazes have is they are not the same color in their unfired and fired stages.

Here is the finished plate.

Here is a close up photo.  The underglaze color always has to be overstated because the transparent glaze dissolves away some of the color.

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Throwing a plate.

April 24, 2012

Now that I have discovered the slide show function, I’ll show you how a pet portrait plate is made.  (I have some photos of me painting a pet portrait so you can see how the layers of color are built up, however that will be the subject of my next post.)  Here I’m using an earthenware clay that comes from a brick factory here in Nova Scotia and is dug directly out of the pit.  I am so spoiled because it is such a fabulous clay to work with on the wheel.  In order to have consistency in the size of the plates, I weigh the balls out, here I’m using a 5 lb. ball which will give me a 12″ diam. plate.

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Wet slip

April 1, 2012

I love decorating with slips or liquid clays.  I have chosen a very traditional earthenware process; to decorate my pots before they have been fired.  This has advantages and disadvantages.  The big drawback is always being aware of the humidity in the air as this controls the drying of the clay.  The pot is clay and the decoration is clay and both have to shrink at the same rate so they stick together.  The advantage is that you get to decorate on the most luscious surface.  Take a look at these teapots.  I have to let the surface dry a bit more before I decorate but isn’t that just so wet!ImageImage