Decorating

  • How to Make Terra Sigillata | Easy Peasy Terra Sig

    How to Make Terra Sigillata | Easy Peasy Terra Sig

    There are a lot of different accounts of how to make terra sigillata available.  Some of these methods seem more precise than others.  There also seems to be quite a bit of conflicting information.  So, I did some research into the various recommendations made by different potters and cherry-picked the best suggestions.  I tested these…

  • The Difference Between Oxides and Stains in Pottery

    The Difference Between Oxides and Stains in Pottery

    The terms oxide and stain, or ‘ceramic stains’ are often used interchangeably by potters.  If you are new to the exciting world of ceramic pigments, you may have wondered what oxides and stains are.  Perhaps you have pondered on the difference between oxides and stains and been left none the wiser.  This article is all…

  • Can You Use Underglaze on Top of Glaze – Does it Work?

    Can You Use Underglaze on Top of Glaze – Does it Work?

    Underglaze is pretty versatile.  There are a seemingly limitless number of underglaze techniques.  If you have been experimenting with underglaze you may have wondered if you can use underglaze on top of glaze.  Faced with some glazed pottery that I wasn’t happy with I found myself wondering the same thing.  And this is what I…

  • Airbrushing Underglaze onto Pottery – Top Techniques

    Airbrushing Underglaze onto Pottery – Top Techniques

    Airbrushing underglaze is very versatile.  You can use it to create sharp lines, shadows, and blended gradients. I wanted to know more about how to airbrush underglaze, so I did some research and tried it out.  Like most pottery techniques it takes practice, but with some trial and error, this is what I found out.…

  • Burnishing Pottery With A Plastic Bag – Not That Strange!

    Burnishing Pottery With A Plastic Bag – Not That Strange!

    You may have heard of or even seen potters burnishing pottery with a plastic bag.  Perhaps this left you wondering what on earth was going on.  But the results of this technique can be quite stunning.  As ever, in pottery, there is more than one way to do something.  Here is some information about the…

  • What Is The Difference Between Slip and Underglaze?

    What Is The Difference Between Slip and Underglaze?

    There are many terms in the world of pottery, and if you’re brand new to it, this can prove to be confusing. Slip and underglaze may seem similar on the surface, but you will find they are used in different ways.  This may have left you wondering, what is the difference between slip and underglaze?…

  • Underglaze Smudging and Bleeding – How To Prevent It

    Underglaze Smudging and Bleeding – How To Prevent It

    Underglaze decoration is incredibly versatile and when combined with a clear glaze can create beautiful results.  I have found that after applying underglaze with painstaking care, it can smudge and run easily.  So, I decided to find out if there was a way I could stop underglaze smudging.   This is what I found out….…

  • Underglaze Techniques – 16 Exciting Ways to Use Underglaze

    Underglaze Techniques – 16 Exciting Ways to Use Underglaze

    If you are new to making your own pottery, you may have been wondering about different ways to use underglaze. Underglaze is an incredibly versatile way of decorating clay.  There are many amazing underglaze techniques.  So, I thought it would be helpful to write an overview of some of the best ones. As the name…

  • What is Flashing in Ceramics – And How is it Done?

    What is Flashing in Ceramics – And How is it Done?

    Flashing refers to changes in the color, pattern and texture of pottery.  It occurs naturally during firing when clay comes into contact with flame, wood ash or soda vapors.  However, it is now a sought-after decorative effect and can be achieved in modern kilns by using flashing slips.