It’s Wednesday again which means I’m sharing what’s on my worktable (and kilns) today. WOYWW is hosted by Julia Dunnit on her blog Stamping Ground.
I’m painting lustre bowls this week, first I loosely sketch on the design, for placement reasons as I don’t want to have to wipe off expensive lustres. The pen lines fire out in the kiln.
These bowls have been painted with lustres and are ready for firing, during this process magic happens and the colours change into something gorgeous, well that’s the hope. Lustres can react with each other and sometimes you don’t get what you expected but that’s half the fun.
The first job of the morning is opening the kilns, sometimes I can’t sleep for excitement. This bowl isn’t quite the colours I expected, it should have been more orange than brown, maybe I picked up a contaminated brush, lustres can be fickle.
And here I am painting today’s bowls with sea holly and acer leaves.
These are the lustres I’m using, hopefully they will be blue when they are fired. The bowls will have more lustre applied where necessary then the painstaking job of outlining with precious metal and a mapping pen begins, this isn’t my favourite part of the process but it is a major part of the design and really finishes off the piece. In true Blue Peter fashion, ‘here’s one I made earlier’!