Playing with glazes for Lil’ Girl’s plates

Earlier this year, I took a workshop on hand-building birdhouses and was mystified by the effects of the mid-fire glazes that ran and melted into each other creating unexpected results.

Traditionally, my style is reflective of highly-detailed, brightly-colored whimsical creations, easily made possible with Duncan Underglazes. They glazes work like paint and don’t usually run.

Lil Girl Flower Plates Lil Girl Flower Plates Bottom Stamp

This new set of plates were an adventure for me as I let go of the detailed handy work and just painted on the glazes in layers, not know where they would end up in the end.

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I used Maaco Underglazes on the bottom and them sponged off the center so that the plates wouldn’t stick to the kiln. I also like that you can see my logo and the plate number better.

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Here is the nitty-gritty on the process…

Here are four of the plates in greenware state–with some fancy filter work that makes them look like pewter.
I used Maaco Velvet Underglaze first and sponged it off before adding a couple of layers of glaze. I learned this technique for highlighting stamped crevices with underglaze from Marissa Motto when I took her Bird B&B class at Schack Art Center.

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And these are the plates with the glaze on them as they wait to be fired.

Lil plate 1* glazed and waiting to be fired

As you can see, it’s hard to tell what the colors will look like at this stage.

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And then, Voila!

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Mini Ceramic Plates 1-3 Star

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