Tuesday, May 12, 2015

more and more

more handbuilding and more decoration.... I got back to the Clay Spot a few days ago and had some fun with Helios, 
Yesterday I spent four hours decorating the pieces I made, and then another hour today, 
decorating is time intensive!
Along with the silkscreening that I usually add, I did a bit of mishima on most all of the pieces, 
the stechnique is not complicated.  First, you incise a line into leatherhard clay
then, paint underglaze or slip so that it fills in the line,
In the past, I've mixed a bit of white clay into the black underglaze to produce a charcoal color, but this time I went for the whole black
After it sets up a bit you need to remove the excess color, just leaving the part that fills in the line
you can sometimes scrape off some of the underglaze with a metal rib, and you can also use a damp sponge, dampening and wiping, and cleaning the sponge over and over to wipe off more of the streaks
I was working on five small dishes, six squarish plates about five inches wide and three darted cups
some have just mishima, and others have screenprinting as well
I painted the undersides today and added some slip decoretion, but forgot to take any photos,
I also made another eight cups today, so I need to decorate them tomorrow!   
I got a few things glazed that I made last time I was here in march, so it will be fun to see them come out of the kiln.  I've had a bit of trouble figuring out how thick to apply the glaze-- too thick and it looks cloudy over dark colored underglaze, and too thin leads to roughness on the rims.  Hope I get it right this time!


  1. great work... do you screen print onto tissue and then transfer it to your pots?

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