- Ceramic Arts Daily - http://ceramicartsdaily.org -

Mariko Brown, Undergraduate Showcase 2010

<p>Blue Floral Tumblers, 5 in. (13 cm) in height, wheel-thrown porcelain, fired to cone 6.</p>

Blue Floral Tumblers, 5 in. (13 cm) in height, wheel-thrown porcelain, fired to cone 6.

Mariko Brown
Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri
Instructors: Carry Esser, Paul Donnelly


<p>Mary Jane, 10½ in. (27 cm) in height, wheel-thrown porcelain, fired to cone 6.</p>

Mary Jane, 10½ in. (27 cm) in height, wheel-thrown porcelain, fired to cone 6.

CM: Could you talk a little bit about the technical procedure for drawing on the surface of your pots?

 

All of my work is made of porcelain and fired to cone 6 in an oxidation atmosphere. The surface decoration is applied to each piece at the leather-hard stage. Once the pot is leather hard, I paint wax over the entire surface and allow it to dry. I then sketch my design through the wax into the piece. Once I have a basic layout of where everything goes, I go back and add any remaining details.

 

Once the drawings are complete, I inlay them with underglaze. I use a variety of colors. I like to mix the underglazes to achieve colors specific to the glazes that will also be applied. I wax the pieces before the inlay process because the excess underglaze tends to bead up on the waxed surface allowing for a “blurred” effect once a glaze melts over the underglaze.


This article appeared in Ceramics Monthly magazine’s September 2010 issue. To get great content like this delivered right to your door, subscribe today!