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]
, 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