Though fired to the same temperatures (about 1472°F/800° C), raised enamels differ from china paints in that they have more body and leave a raised line. They are a mixture of low-fire frit, clay and tin oxide. While china paint suppliers carry them premixed, DeMaine prefers to make her own.
In this edition of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video
series, Paul Lewing shares his vast knowledge and experience with China
painting. Fired at the lowest end of the ceramic range, China paint offers
consistent, durable, and predictable colors, from bright hues to subtle
gradations. More like a paint than a glaze, this colorful tool can open doors
for potters who have been looking for better ways to get painted imagery onto
their work. In this video, Paul explains the ins and outs of China painting, covering
mediums, painting techniques, firing cycles, safety, and more. So if you’re a
ceramic artist who also really loves to paint, you are in for a treat!
Unlike regular ceramic glazes, with china paint what you see is what you get. China paints are consistent, durable and can produce any effect you can get from paint or ink. But of course, before you can get great results, you need to become familiar with the tools and master their effects. In this excerpt from New Directions in China Painting (which is now shipping!), Paul Lewing explains how to uses the brushes and wipeout tools used by china painters. Watch and learn! -Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
In today’s pottery video, an excerpt from the forthcoming DVD New Directions in China Painting, Paul Lewing demonstrates a technique for creating a bamboo painting with a sumi brush.
From the casual ceramic artist to the lifelong china painter, China Paint & Overglaze is the essential text for anyone interested in exploring these techniques. This ground-breaking book, the first to showcase the work of traditional china painters and studio ceramic artists together, includes many unique features on every aspect of this exciting and colorful medium. It contains a comprehensive history of porcelain and overglaze decoration as well as discussions on tools, equipment, mediums, solvents, chemistry, brushes and more. Professionals demonstrate their step-by-step methods on a variety of techniques.