My second favourite thing is the number of different techniques there are to create the different surface effects... I'm determined to try as many as I can!
Within 10 minutes I had researched everything, ordered what I needed and impatiently waited for the postie.
You will also need denatured alcohol to clean up your brushes.
I cut discs from the clay and left them to dry. Once they were bone dry I painted on the shellac. It’s quite drippy and tends to bleed, so works best with simple images rather than anything too detailed. I decided to try out some clouds and trees trunks.
Once the shellac was dry (about 15 minutes) the piece was sponged. A rough sponge works best. This removes the exposed clay and leaves a raised image underneath the shellac.
Bisque firing burns off the shellac, and I’m assuming that the fumes aren’t as toxic as some chemically made resists. It didn’t smell too much in the garage during the firing, but I didn’t hang around in there just in case!
I chose glazes that break over texture, some worked better than others, but I love the effect and am looking forward to more experimenting over the Christmas break.
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Ruth Robinson Ceramics
And while I was looking around, I also found this great video demonstration of the technique by one of my favourite artists, Simon Leach… I just love his work process and teaching style, I could watch his videos all day!
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