Surface Decoration Techniques

Add decoration to your work with these skills and techniques before (and sometimes after) you apply your main glaze.

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  • Making and Using Underglaze Transfers

    Previously recorded class Jess did for the CCSA conference.

  • Kintsugi
    Movie + 9 extras

    Kintsugi

    Movie + 9 extras

    Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold. In this class I will show you three ways to do Kinstugi and for one of them you don’t even need broken pottery to create the look of Kintsugi. This class is for all ages and skill levels.
    Tools and Materials
    Broken Pottery
    Epoxy ...

  • Tray with Built-In Handles and Peacock Glazing

    Movie

    You will love making these handbuilt trays with built in handles and peacock glazing technique! In this class we will use slab building techniques and our own handmade bisque tray mold (no worries you can use commercially available molds/forms as well) to shape a tray, then I will show you how to...

  • Mandala Plate

    11 items

    Learn how to make your very ow Mandala Pattern on a Plate. In this class you will learn techniques to create mandala “dot” designs. We will be working on a plate, but you can apply what you learn to any form such as mugs, bowls, vases, coasters, pendants and more. This process can also be done on...

  • Using Underglaze Transfers on Thrown Mugs

    12 items

    Making a mug using underglaze transfers is a great way to add surface decoration to wheel thrown forms. In this class you will learn how to throw a mug and to make a handle. Then I will show you how to use underglaze transfers on both! This class is suitable for all levels of wheel throwing.

    M...

  • Using Underglaze Transfers on Thrown Forms

    10 items

    Using underglaze transfers is a great way to add surface decoration to wheel thrown forms. In this class you will learn how to throw forms, apply underglaze transfers and to shape the form. This class is suitable for all levels of wheel throwing.

    Tools & Materials:
    Pottery Wheel
    3-4 lbs of c...

  • Carving Light Slip on Dark Clay

    7 items

    Add this simple surface decoration technique to your repertoire and create intricate, colorful designs.

    Tools & Materials
    Dark Colored Clay Piece
    White or Light-Colored Underglaze or Slip (Speedball Underglaze)
    Brush for Applying Slip (Hake Brushes are great for this)
    Carving Tool (L3 Diam...

  • Carve A Radiating Pattern

    4 items

    This is such a fun and unique way to carve patterns and add texture to your pottery.

    Tools & Materials
    Leather Hard Piece to Carve
    Diamond Core P9 Slim Reach U-Tip Carving Tool
    Stiff Bristle Brush
    Dark Underglaze
    Celadon or Translucent Glaze

  • Sgraffito

    7 items

    Sgraffito is a fun way to personalize and explore surface decoration on your ceramic work.

    Tools & Materials
    Leather Hard Clay Piece
    Slip or Speedball Underglaze
    Sumi Brush for Applying Slip
    Carving Tools (Zebra from CI Products)
    Bristle Brush

  • Mishima
    12 items

    Mishima

    12 items

    Mishima is an inlay technique you can use to create beautiful and intricate patterns in your ceramic work.

    Tools & Materials
    Leather-hard Clay Piece (mug, cup, bowl, vase, etc.)
    Wax Resist (I like Mr. Mark’s Wax On available at The Ceramic Store)
    Slip or Underglaze (Speed Ball Underglaze)
    ...

  • Making Your Own Underglaze Transfers

    9 items

    Learn how to create your own underglaze transfers. I’ll show you two different ways to make and use underglaze transfers.

    Tools & Materials
    Colored Underglaze (Speedball)
    Black
    Royal Blue
    Turquoise
    Chartreuse
    Yellow
    Melon
    Pink
    White
    White Slip or Underglaze
    Bottle Applicator with Sm...

  • Stamp Inlay

    6 items

    This surface decoration technique is a wonderful way to embed designs into your ceramic work.

    Tools & Materials
    Clay Piece to Work On
    Underglaze or Slip (Speed Ball Underglaze)
    Bowl of Clean Water
    Stamps (homemade or commercial)
    Brush for Applying Slip (Sumi Brushes are great)
    Sponge
    Me...

  • Cookie Cutter Inlay

    6 items

    This surface decoration technique is an effortless way to embed pattern into your work.

    Tools & Materials
    Clay Piece
    Underglaze or Slip (Speed Ball Underglaze)
    Clean Water
    Cookie/Fondant Cutters (Ateco 24pc Set)
    Brush to Apply Slip (Sumi Brushes work great)
    Sponge
    Metal Rib (This Kit ha...

  • Staining to Emphasize Texture

    5 items

    Staining bisque ware with underglazes, oxides, slips, pigments, or mason stains is a simple and beautiful way to highlight the texture on your ceramic surface.

    Tools & Materials
    Bisque-Fired Ceramic Piece with Texture
    Underglaze, Slip, Oxide, Mason Stain, or Ceramic Pigment
    Water
    Transluce...

  • Using Stencils for Surface Decoration

    6 items

    Using stencils is a fun way to add designs to your ceramic work.

    Tools & Materials
    Slab of Clay or Soft, Leather-Hard Pot (Laguna B-Mix 5)
    Underglaze or Slip (Speedball Underglaze)
    Stencil (Commercial or one of your own design)
    Brush

  • Painterly Underglaze Decoration

    6 items

    Underglazes can be used in a painterly fashion to create lovely designs.

    Tools & Materials
    Bisque Fired Clay Piece
    Underglaze of Choice (Speed Ball Underglaze)
    Translucent or Clear Glaze
    Brush
    Sponge
    Plastic Palette (Round Palette)

  • Drawing on Bisque Ware

    5 items

    This is a fun and easy way to draw patterns and design on the surface of your pottery.

    Tools & Materials
    Bisque Pieces
    Underglaze (I use Speedball)
    Bottle Applicator
    Clear or Translucent Glaze
    Pencil
    Water

  • Majolica

    8 items

    Learn how to create the look of traditional Majolica in this modern version of the classic glazing technique. I’ll show you how to create the look of mojolica by using underglaze on glazed-but-not-yet-fired pottery. We’ll set up our palette for the technique and decorate three different pieces.
    ...

  • Stamping with Underglaze

    5 items

    Learn how to use stamps and underglazes to create beautiful designs and patterns.

    Tools & Materials
    Bisque Pieces to Decorate
    Speedball Underglaze
    Cling or Flexible Stamps
    Sumi Size 4 Paintbrush
    Brayer
    Paper Plate
    Clear or Translucent Glaze

  • Patchwork Pottery with Underglaze Transfers

    5 items

    Using commercial underglaze transfers you will learn how to create wonderful patchwork designs on your pottery.

    Tools & Materials
    Leather Hard or Bisque Pottery
    Commercial Underglaze Transfers
    Sponge
    Scissors
    Clean Water

  • Marble Glazing

    6 items

    Learn to create this fun marble glaze effect.

    Tools & Materials
    Bisque Pieces
    Speed Ball Underglaze
    Shave Cream (cheapest you can get)
    Tray
    Wooden Craft Stick
    Running Water
    Clear or Translucent Glaze

  • Spin Art Glazing

    5 items

    Learn how to create this fun spin art glazing effect.

    Tools & Materials
    Bisque Pieces to Glaze
    Georgie’s Tie Dye Glazes (3 colors work best)
    Plastic Applicator Bottles
    CMC Gum
    Plastic Container for Gum Solution
    Brushes (Hake or Wide Flat)
    Pottery Wheel

  • Using Luster

    6 items

    Who doesn’t want to add a bit of bling to their pottery? Learn how easy it can be to put some sparkle into your ceramics.

    Tools & Materials
    Glaze-Fired Pot (I recommend a gloss glaze)
    Luster (I use Duncan’s Bright Gold, Mother of Pearl, and White Gold)
    Lavender Oil or Duncan Essence
    Isopro...

  • Ceramic Waterslide Decals

    5 items

    Ceramic decals are a fun and easy way to add imagery and designs to your pottery.

    Tools & Materials
    Glaze-Fired Pot
    Commercial Waterslide Ceramic Decals
    Medium Size Bowl of Lukewarm Water
    Isopropyl Alcohol
    Paper Towels
    Decal Squeegee (Red Mud Tools Rib)
    X-Acto Knife
    Scissors