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These lovelies, just out of the kiln;
There is a fun technique involved here that I just learned, and that I think I will be addicted to for a while. It’s hard to tell in the photo, but not only is the filigree design a different colour than the mug body, but it’s in relief.
First you paint the texture on, using shellac.
Then you rub the clay gently with a damp sponge. The sponge starts to remove clay from your piece, but not where the shellac is – resulting in a raised design.
I then applied my underglaze. The shellac prevents the raised design from receiving the underglaze, which gave me the two-toned effect.
In the bisque firing, the shellac burns away in the kiln. Afterwards I coated it with a clear glaze, resulting in this delicious, adorable set of mugs. There is actually a big teapot that goes with them, but they came out of the kiln first and I couldn’t wait to blog about them!
It’s a good day for a hot cuppa something because, in other news it’s snowing in Toronto. There is a myth that the Inuit have 200 different words for snow… well Torontonians have different tones for snow, for example;
That makes it all the better to have warm, bright, cheerful mugs like these to wrap my hands around on a day like today!