Making small steps: Wax resist inlay flower plate

wax inlay

 

Photo: My latest inspiration– a big thanks to Joe Pintz for pointing out that I could just paint wax resist over the green underglaze and then carve and inlay an image in black. I should have tried this ages ago, but for some reason I didn’t even think of it. This will allow me a whole bunch of new possibilities. Plus, I was thinking of going back in a second time and carving highlight lines that show the porcelain underneath– OR… I had a great idea while walking home:

Once I get my new colors of underglazes that I ordered from AMACO, I want to paint down a base coat (like the green on the plate above), and before waxing the surface and carving through it, I want to layer other colors… with painting methods. I want to try splattering similar colors over the top of the first layer– for instance, if I was using an aqua blue for a base color, I would splatter some lighter green in some areas on top of it. Also, I want to try adding highlights back in by sponging on grolleg porcelain slip in select areas. After I create a diverse layered surface, I will go back in and carve inlay lines to create detailed imagery similar to my watercolor drawings. I can’t wait to make some new pots first thing tomorrow morning to get started on it. I still just have the green and red underglazes… and the red turns out beige at cone 10.

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About clayhead33

I am a potter-- I love to draw, play guitar, cook yummy food... and just have fun in general. I love to make a difference with my work, even something as small as inspiring a fellow artist :)
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