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, Carving Tools and More 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!
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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.
Apply 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, Carving Tools and More also includes the following:
Decorating 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.
by John W. Conrad
Rolling stamps are a really fun way to add texture to a piece. There are lots of commercial clay rollers out there in a wide variety of patterns, but making your own clay rollers gives you the opportunity to make your own mark. In this article, John Conrad explains how he makes rollers out of furniture casters.
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