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painting bisque tiles was>> the answer may be obvious but...

updated sat 3 jan 04


Kathy McDonald on fri 2 jan 04

I have been playing with bisque tiles for a couple
of years now and the answer is yes. I use a combination
of both commercial underglazes, overglazes, and my own cone 04
majolica glaze as well as mason stains and fire the tiles several
times to get the effects I want.
These firings are often to temperatures like cone 017 and 020 just to
set the colors so I can layer more on top.

There are many techniques and materials that you can use
I have had the most success with the following process:
!) Coat your tile with a good opaque white majolica glaze.
2) I use Mayco Sroke and Coat glazes to paint on my designs
at this stage,and often combine these with other underglazes
for more dramatic color results.
3) Fire the tile to 010 to set the glazes, then add more color
or washes if you use them.
4) Let dry thoroughly and then you can dip or brush on a very thin
layer of c 06 clear glaze,
5) I refire these tiles to 04 and find I get the best color response at
this temp. I am using a commercial c 06-c6 mayco clear semi matte glaze.

If you or other group members want additional information or spcifics please
feel free to email me.


-----Original Message-----
From: Clayart [mailto:CLAYART@LSV.CERAMICS.ORG]On Behalf Of Annie
Sent: Monday, December 29, 2003 3:58 PM
Subject: The answer may be obvious but...

I have been painting bisque tiles with underglaze and having them
fired at the local ceramics place. Before firing they are dipped in a
clear glaze. Because I haven't been doing this all that long I am
still occasionally surprised by the final product - some colors drop
out badly and change the look. I am wondering if you can do more than
one underglaze layer? My paintings often have many layers of glazing
(in the oilpainter's sense of putting down transparent color over dry
paint) and I'd like to see if I can translate this technique into

If the ceramics shop folks would consider doing a pre-glaze firing (I
haven't talked to them about this yet) is it possible to fire an
underglazed piece, paint on some more underglazes, and do a final
firing with glaze? Most of the folks at the shop are salespeople
rather than clay artists so I'd like to have a little technical
knowledge in hand before I broach the subject...


Annie Fitt
& the Ragtag Horde ~ Whippets, of course!
Wake, Virginia

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