Making Hand-painted Ceramic Art
All of my work is created by hand from wet stoneware or porcelain clay. When making tiles or slab-based artwork, I roll out the clay and cut it to my desired size or shape. If making three-dimensional artwork, the pieces of clay are pressed together and secured with a clay and water solution that is called "slip".
After being fired in a ceramic kiln to a low temperature (called the "bisque firing" or "biscuit firing"), the pieces are then durable enough to be hand-painted with special paints called underglazes. The underglazes are designed for being fired in the kiln at a high-temperature without losing their colour.
Once the painting is completed, the piece is usually dipped into a glossy, clear glaze and fired for a second time to a high temperature (approximately 2170 degrees Fahrenheit) – where it transforms into a durable ceramic material that is ready for display.