Posts Tagged ‘underglaze painting’


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.


A Portrait of Axel the Horse.

April 27, 2012

Now that I have shown how a plate is made, I’ll show you the sequence of a horse portrait.  After the bottom of the plate has been trimmed, I apply a white clay or slip to the rim and center.  I will have to let the plate dry for several days under plastic before I can scrape away the white slip to do the lettering, in this case the name Axel.  I then draw the horse in the center.  After the plate has been fired once to 1750 degrees F. (called the bisque firing), I paint the portrait with underglazes.  These are colored clays that are ground very fine and can be thinned with water and used just like watercolors.  The beauty of this process is that the ceramic colorant is permanent.   500 years from now Axel will look exactly the same.

First I paint the eyes and all the darkest darks.

Next comes the building up of the other colors.