Barbara Arner on sun 21 aug 05
I am making a few flower pots for my boss -- about 12. His restaurant has a nautical theme and I thought to make a beach and sunset and a sailbiat. I use ready made glazes from Minn Clay but do you know what the best way to draw on a pot and for it come out decent..
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Jeff Guin on sun 21 aug 05
I use a great simple method of wax resist inlay. The technique is outlined
in Pottery Making Illustrated. Just do a google search for the magazine. It
is a how to for potters. Under resources click on techniques. Great easy
method. I have some photos you can check out on my flickr link below. If you
have any questions or problems, drop me an email.
>From: Barbara Arner
>Subject: flower pot painting
>Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2005 09:49:30 +0000
>I am making a few flower pots for my boss -- about 12. His restaurant has a
>nautical theme and I thought to make a beach and sunset and a sailbiat. I
>use ready made glazes from Minn Clay but do you know what the best way to
>draw on a pot and for it come out decent..
>330 Bay Lane
>Mantoloking, New Jersey
>908 447 2826
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Snail Scott on sun 21 aug 05
At 09:49 AM 8/21/2005 +0000, you wrote:
>I am making a few flower pots for my boss -- about 12. His restaurant has
a nautical theme and I thought to make a beach and sunset and a sailbiat. I
use ready made glazes from Minn Clay but do you know what the best way to
draw on a pot and for it come out decent...
Honestly, I think that most 'theme illustration'
pottery comes out looking a bit cheesy, even if
done with some skill. Pictures on pots seldom
make the pots look better; they just compete with
the form and often look awkward on curved surfaces.
I'd keep it simple - wave patterns, maybe, or rope
texture, or seashell designs - designs which won't
suffer for being on a curved surface, and can be
arranged to enhance the form of the pot, instead
of ignoring or competing with it.
In any case, don't just treat the pot as a blank
canvas. It's a pot, and whatever ornament you
choose should make it a better pot, AS a pot,
not a pot masquerading as a picture.
As for techniques to use, a layer of colored or
contrasting slip, then sgraffito ('drawing' with a
tool to scrape through the slip, to make lines
the color of the underlying clay), will look a
bit like a scratchboard drawing. It can be simple,
elegant, and 'fixable' if you make an error. Just
apply more slip over the 'oops' to erase it.
Do the 'drawing' while the pot is still leather-
hard for a casual, non-fussy effect.
Sprigging can be good, too. Make simple press-
molds (either from plaster or bisque clay) of
things like shells, then attach the resulting clay
ornaments to your pottery by scoring and slipping.
Easy, ornamental, and the molds are reusable darn