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Celia UK

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  1. Yes that's about it Roberta. Stencils with the motif being the negative part (the holes). This one was actually some flower wrapping paper that was holey all over and I cut small pieces, laid them around the bowl, cut small pieces of tissue transfer paper, laid on top, sprayed lightly with water, rubbed them gently with a rubber tipped tool, left to dry then peeled off and removed the stencil.

    The creamer stencil I made myself on a Silhouette stencil machine, cut from thin plastic film (thin filing wallets) as it's flexible enough for the curves. Same process. Lots of potential and given the price of stencils - quite a good use of them.


  2. It's actually more plum (burgundy) than the red as it appears here - like the deep red on a reduced copper red on porcelain.

    Community college glaze, never used it before myself.

    Some thin areas around the top, but I glazed it v quickly, and needed it generally thin enough to ensure the carving showed through.


  3. So Marcia - trying to work backwards here on your resist technique, can you confirm or otherwise -

    Glazed (yellow), black slip banded, shellac used to paint frames and cats, wiped back to reveal - ah, now there's a problem, How do you wipe back and reveal the yellow, without washing off the yellow?

    I'm not good at thinking backwards,mnegative space etc. so am intrigued as to the order of things here.


  4. Thank you Louise, though as the name suggests not my original idea! Transparent glaze with stain - about 10 percent, on this one.

     

    My recent teapot used similar carving and was glazed with a Potclays Burgundy stoneware glaze - worked well on the carving, but there are a few "thin" areas too, so not perfect but I'm not unhappy with it.


  5. You must be thrilled to have such a batch of successes! I have several shelves full of early pieces - more failures than successes. I love your slip trailed designs, I had a go once, but I coloured the slip and didn't like the results at all. I am going to try this again with white slip this time! I've certainly improved my throwing in the last 2 1/2 years, but am still struggling to come up with decorating techniques that I enjoy. You've helped me on the way.

    I applaud your move to sell on Etsy - I'm sure it will be a great motivator, not that you sound as if you need it. Despite encouragement from friends who have bought my work, I've hesitated to commit to a craft show, even though I know it will really make me focus. Now I'm thinking - Christmas 2015.......perhaps!?


  6. Thanks for your comments Guinea - it's great to get feedback. You''re so right about being delicate. I have to be very careful drying these out as the stencil bits are so thin - c. 1/16" they easily snap if they dry quicker than the rim of the bowl. At the greenware stage, I've broken one just by knocking it as I worked at my table. Should have moved it!!! But my usual mistake is to fiddle about too much, removing joining slip, smoothing edges etc. when I'd be better leaving it and doing it after the bisque. Even transporting it to, and loading into the kiln is hazardous. Very satisfying when they make it through to the end! This stencil was taken from a laser cut birthday card, not sure if it's a bit twee? I prefer my other design - part of a landscape sketch - I feel I own it more because it's my own through and through.

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