Making my own decals with a laser printer

I’ve made a big decision, I’m taking my work in an exciting new direction, finally I got a laser printer to make my own decals. Hopefully I will be introducing a line of functional ceramics with my ‘trademark’ wildlife drawings like the wrens and hares.

I can imagine if you are a china painter reading this you will be shocked at the thought of  me using the ‘D’ word 🙂

Things have changed a lot since I started learning throwing,  I didn’t intend making functional pottery to sell but there is something so lovely about using handmade ceramics on a daily basis,  they are so tactile they need to be handled.

I have already made up my mind that I will no longer buy in whiteware to china paint on, there are many reasons for this decision. The costs involved for one, and the fact I’ve done it for so long I have become bored with it, there are more reasons that I won’t bore you with.
I may paint on my handmade pieces eventually ( and my ‘decal drawings’ will be done with china paints on tiles to keep my ‘style’) but my functional ware will be made using laser decals, which are food safe.

I’m really excited about this new direction, I can continue to improve my throwing skills and have something new and unique for Spring events. I’m planning on expanding my raku range and I will also be using my decals on fused glass too, something I’ve wanted to do for years now.

I believe my work has to keep me feeling excited and evolve to keep it fresh, once I’m bored by something it’s time to try something new. I may come back to china painting but for now it’s on the back burner, until I can throw with porcelain.

Here’s my little test piece with my wren drawing, I have done some other pieces but I can’t show you those yet as they are presents.
This will keep me busy for a while, but I think I will need some heating on in the studio, it’s freezing in there just now.

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