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masked vase set by lizzybeth masked vase set by lizzybeth
3 wheel thrown white stoneware vases with black glaze.

These are the result of my trying desperately to find an efficient and effective controlled way of decorating stuff. first was the sgraffito [link] , best effect but it took the longest. After that came underglazes [link] [link] and [link] , these took less time and got some nice colors, but they had to be bique fired twice, and even then the results were iffy. I had tried masking with wax earlier, and that was, well, a disaster. If you mess up with that stuff, which I did every other brush stroke, you have to refire it to burn it off. With the first two underglaze pieces I had used some masking tape to get those clean lines, but then I was only using it for large areas and lines, not for any detail. With these vases I thought to cover them entirely in masking tape, then cut out the design with an x-acto knife and peel off the tape where I wanted glaze to go and when done, sponge on the glaze. Needless to say this worked very well and didn't even take terribly long. I later did another vaze with this technique [link] but it was a bit more complex so I had to draw it out first on the tape.

What's more, these won first place in functional ceramics at the central florida fair :D!
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:iconjnuckolls:
jnuckolls May 23, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
Amazing patterns!
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:iconceramicsproject09:
I'm no super-genius, but I tried doing a swirly design with wax once, and it turned out pretty okay. When you mess up, you do have to start over, but you don't have to fire it again. Just put it in a toaster oven on high for a few minutes.
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:iconfrom-time-to-time:
nice job! you can glaze stuff even faster if you spray the glazes on too ;) that was my choice from the first time i tried it
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:iconlizzybeth:
I think I wanted to do that... but someone stole the class' air compressor that year...
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:iconhersky:
thank you for explaining the glazign technique! im goign to try that
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:iconlizzybeth:
ooh cool! good luck & let me know how it turns out :).
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:iconsweetcapris:
That design absolutely rocks. The form of each of the pieces is flawless! nice work.
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:iconchakrabird:
These a gorgeous, a really wonderful set with a great design. Love how they are all different but still clearly the same line and how you made each design fit the shape of the vase :-)
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slownsilent Jun 1, 2007  Student General Artist
These are really cool and congrats!
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:iconlisaluera:
I can see why these won first place. They are beautiful! Masking is my favorite way to control decoration too. Your pots have wonderful form to them, and I love the geometric decoration that pulls them all together. I also love the black and white contrast. Great job and congrats on the well deserved win!
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