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We all love tools, especially pottery tools, and we normally think about forming when we talk about tools for ceramics, but the most useful clay tools we have, besides our hands, are tools for decorating our ceramic work. A decorative surface, of course, is the first thing noticed about a piece of pottery, and as with all things made by hand, the right tools make all the difference. Ceramic Decorating Tool Techniques: Decorating Pottery with Wax Resist, Slip Trailers, Clay Stamps, and Carving Tools explains those tools in detail and shows you how to use them for the greatest effect for your own ceramic surfaces. Make your own ceramic colored pencils, or try using a combination of dry and wet decorating techniques to get maximum depth out of your work. For a more traditional approach that has your own personal touch, try making your own brushes!

 

Here’s an excerpt from Ceramic Decorating Tool Techniques Decorating Pottery with Wax Resist, Slip Trailers, Clay Stamps, and Carving Tools to Decorate Ceramics:

 

Using Image Transfer and Mishima Techniques to Make Drawings on Pottery

by Molly Hatch

 

Mishima is a traditional Korean slip-inlay technique. The Korean pottery you see with mishima decoration typically use several colors of slip in the same piece. I basically use the same black slip recipe for all of my mishima drawing. I always reference a pattern when I am drawing on my pots and sometimes I use a template to transfer a detail of the pattern.

 

In this case, I am using the template to transfer the bird in the pattern onto the cup surface. I make my templates by laminating my own drawing of a found pattern. This is helpful if you are trying to make multiples, but still requires a lot of drawing and interpretation because you are drawing on a three-dimensional surface.

 


hatch_1A laminated paper template of your drawing can help maintain consistency in a design when transferring images to a set.
All of my mishima is done when the pots are a dry-leather hard. Usually they are ready to draw on just after trimming is finished.
   

hatch_2Gently wrap the laminated pattern around the cup and use a quill or dull-tipped pencil to trace the image, taking care to position the image exactly where you would like it to be on the cup.
   

hatch_3 Remove the template to reveal the transferred tracing image.
Use the transferred image as a guide for drawing deeper lines into the surface.
   
hatch_4After going over the tracing, finish off the rest of the drawing freehand, using the template as a visual reference. You do not need to draw very deeply into the surface for mishima to work. I often feel as though I am just scratching into the surface of the clay.
   
hatch_5Brush the surface of the pot with a soft-bristled brush to get rid of crumbs, which could mar the surface.
   
hatch_6Apply a layer of stain over the drawing using a wide brush. Once the pot has dried back to the dry leather-hard state and any sheen on the slip has gone, wipe away excess slip from the surface of the pot using a clean sponge. You need to clean the sponge often during this process to avoid streaks on the surface of the pot

  

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Ceramic Decorating Tool Techniques Decorating Pottery with Wax Resist, Slip Trailers, Clay Stamps, and Carving Tools  also includes the following:

 

 


decoceramics_500Decorating Ceramics with Clay Pencils, Wax Crayons, Glaze Pens, and Slip Trailers

By Robin Hopper

 

There are so many ways to decorate the ceramic surface, and this overview of several decorating tools used to apply color to clay includes recipes for making your own pencils and crayons, as well as how to approach using each type of decorating tool.

 

 

 


Cartwright_leadGreat Clay Stamps in 30 Minutes

By Virginia Cartwright

 

Making your own stamps is a great way to personalize and expand your pottery tool kit. Polymer clay makes it simple and fast, so you can get ideas into clay quickly.

 

 

 

 

12-GAMBLEMaking Brushes for Pottery Decoration 

By David Gamble

 

There is nothing more satisfying than making your own pottery decorating tools, and this step-by-step project shows you how to make personalized glaze brushes.

 

 

Chrietzberg_002Custom Linocuts for Texture Tools

By Annie Chrietzberg

 

Texture mats are great decorating tools to use in handbuilding. They’re even better when they are custom made with your own marks! In this article Annie Chrietzberg explains how they can be made with a simple linocut technique. 

 

 

 

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6 Comments on "Ceramic Decorating Tool Techniques: How To Use Clay Pencils, Slip Trailers, Glaze Pens, and Carving Tools to Decorate Ceramics"

  1. sook yeon lee October 30, 2014 at 11:16 am -
    Mishima is a traditional Korean slip-inlay technique. Mishima -I dont know where this name comes from . the real name is not MISHIMA the real name of traditaional Korean slip inlay technique is called “SANG GAM” not MISHIMA please correct this name. mishima which sounds like Japanese.
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