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« on: August 03, 2011 03:02:43 PM »

Hey there.  I just finished painting this and i think it turned out pretty well.  Its underglaze on greenware, but since it's unlikely i'll get it fired and glazed until next week, I thought I'd post it now.  The clay body used is whitestone, which is a cone 6 stoneware, and its got a lot more grog than I'm used to, so the clay has somewhat of a rough texture.  The painting is done in Amaco Semi-Moist Underglazes, which i adore.  Seriously these things are awesome.  Anyways I was really pleased with how this turned out.  Let me know what you think.




I like to paint on greenware because you can correct mistakes easily by scraping off the glaze, and you can do some minor sgraffito for things like the shine on her tail.  That's just where i scraped the glaze off for a highlight.
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« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2011 03:08:17 PM »

Wow thats a niiiiiice dish!! I have so many failed attempts at ceramics that i am borderline giving up.  ive lost all nerve to post my "good" imo ceramic work here after seeing this. lol!! *hides face in paper bag*

nice job!!
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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2011 03:23:25 PM »

awww, thanks!  I love ceramics, but i've been watercolor painting since I could hold a brush, so that's what i lean towards.  it actually detracts from the fact that my throwing is less than perfect ^.^
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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2011 03:57:21 PM »

That's beautiful!  I love mermaids!  So want a picture like this!!  I love it!!!  Grin

Can't wait to see it glazed
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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2011 06:26:15 PM »

Absolutely stunning!
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« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2011 09:39:12 PM »

this looks awesome Shocked
the colour graduation especially on her fin looks so smooth, i might have to try that particular under glaze.
looking forward to seeing this finished Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2011 12:44:54 AM »

yes^ actually the bit i like best is the fin, even though it only took like 10 minutes, as opposed to the rest of the piece, which took 2.5 hours or so.  The trick to getting that super smooth color transition is to use it just like watercolor: load up the merest bit of glaze and draw a fine line, then rinse the color off the brush and blend it with a moist but not sopping wet brush.  This wouldn't work as well on a darker color clay body, since it is using the white background as a base and mostly transparent.  If you are working on greenware as opposed to bisque you have to be careful not to oversaturate the surface of the clay itself with water, then it can get muddy and kind of ruins the effect.   These glazes can be applied much much thicker, but really if you were trying for a more opaque color you would go with liquid underglaze or what have you.   I really like to recommend these glazes to people because i have been using them with consistently good results for quite a while; there are limitations of course.  A few of the colors don't hold up as well at cone 6 as they would at cone 04, but most of them stay very vibrant. 

Anyways, thank you all for the kind words.  I had the best time painting this.  I really enjoy painting tits, i guess.
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« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2011 08:03:41 AM »

wow so pretty I love her hair! I love that 'floating' look she has.
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« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2011 08:09:53 AM »

Anyways, thank you all for the kind words.  I had the best time painting this.  I really enjoy painting tits, i guess.

Heh.. Don't worry, I love drawing a nice pair of knockers! Also, this is freakin' gorgeous! Can't wait to see it after it has been fired.
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« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2011 08:46:35 PM »

Wow. She looks so serene. I love the bit of color pop with the flower in her hair.
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