Ceramics Step 5: Painting
September 2, 2011, 9:00 am
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The next step in my ceramics process is optional. I like things to look really clean and simple, so I often don’t add any color at all. But I decided to give some of my new pieces a little splash of color.

I use all Duncan paints, mainly because it’s what my mom used when she taught me.:) Any paint that you use prior to glazing is called an “underglaze.” My favorite Duncan underglaze is called Cover Coats. You can get a really solid, intense color, but it takes 3 coats, so it’s not great for detail work. Technically, Cover Coats are thinned, colored slip (which, if you recall, is the liquid clay we used in step 1), so you can pile on as much as you’d like, as long as you let it dry completely before firing.

Here’s a piece I did using Cover Coats.

For details I use EZ Strokes, which only takes one coat (in fact, if you use more than one coat, it could flake). I added a little red detail to this piece with EZ Strokes:

Up next: Firing!! Finally going to add some heat to these bad boys!

All of the steps:

Step 1: Pouring

Step 2: Removing the piece from the mold

Step 3: Carving

Step 4: Cleaning

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