Glaze of Color: Creating Color and Design on Ceramics

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The development of paint-your-own ceramics studios, at which ready-made bisqueware and studio time for decorating it are sold, has made pottery decoration accessible to a wider public than ever before. Ceramics artist Jane Davies demonstrates how to decorate the surface of ready-made bisqueware and tiles using commercially produced decorating colors known as underglazes and other materials to create beautifully colored pieces. Practical step-by-step demonstrations of a variety of application methods-including brushing, shading, sponging, masking, sgrafitto, spattering, stamping, stenciling, marbling, majolica, and underglaze pencils-provide inspiration for decorating tiles, plates, cups, bowls, lamps, vases, and decorative platters. Davies also explores the creative possibilities of colored glazes, as well as decorating pieces after firing with acrylic paint and paper collage.

• All of the techniques discussed are applicable to ready-made bisqueware, as well as wheel-thrown or hand-built ceramics

• Explains the entire glazing process, from color and design to kilns and firing

• Demonstrates a wide variety of techniques for applying underglaze as well as information on colored glazes and post-firing techniques

• Beautiful color photograph throughout

• There are over 1,000 paint-your-own ceramic studios in the US

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823021192
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Davies sells her work at regional and national craft and gift shows, and licenses her designs to manufacturers of tableware and other products, including Susan Sargent Designs. She lives in Rupert, VT. John Polak is a commercial, wedding, and portrait photographer based in Chicopee, MA.

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  • Posted January 11, 2010

    Not bad, but not the best.

    Fairly simplistic in her approach to glazing. Bought this for my students, and they were more impressed than I was. It started the students to at least start talking about glazing and thinking about the finished project--even as they began the work. Color illustrations were impressive and eye-catching. After reading the book, a student--who had been having a difficult time understanding the difference between underglazes, glazes, and overglazes--finally "got it".

    The book gave a clear idea of where the artist's interest lay, but I wish it had been a more comprehensive overview of glazing techniques.

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