One of my favorite techniques to do on pottery is called slip transfer. You start off with a green piece of pottery. Green means it has not yet been fired. I like to build my pottery and then begin the transfer process, I don’t like the pottery to dry out much at all before transferring my design.
You take newsprint (newspaper works too) and I like to draw out my image with a pencil. Then using black underglaze in a bottle with a tiny point I make my drawing. If I’m doing color I will fill in each section in reverse order allowing every color to dry in between.
When my transfer is dry I coat the whole thing with white slip (this is like a very watered down smooth clay) and I coat my pottery form with slip too. I allow each of these to dry just slightly. It begins to have a look of velvet texture to it. Then you press your transfer onto your form, and rub, and roll and take peeks to see how the image is transferring.
Its such an interesting process and usually has a neat texture to it.
On week days I have been spending a few hours each morning working at the ceramics studio. It has really become one of my favorite ways to start the day. So far I always have the studio to myself too, and so I just play music and putter around trimming pieces I threw the day before, glazing stuff, throwing. It’s been really lovely. The bowl at the top is a newer piece, and I’ll have to get photos of the outside of the bowl soon.
One of the first things I wanted to try after I joined the guild was experimenting with paper resist. I made a quick slab plate and tray because I was so eager to try it out. I cut my shapes from an Ikea catalog, and then went over them with colored slip. I chose the blue and yellow because they were the only colored slip the studio had that I could use right away. Everything else seemed dried out.
After the bisque firing I went back in with an underglaze pencil and drew in my witch, raindrops, and scallops. I love how the pencil turns out. Then I glazed it in clear and you can see it after the final firing below. I still haven’t glazed and fired the skeleton plate yet, but hope to do that soon.