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Lesson 1-a

Examples of glaze colors before and after firing

Gael Stirler

Here are some examples of my work before and after firing. After painting I took them back to the ceramic shop to be fired again to cone 06 (that's a cooler temperature than cone 04). Many of the colors change in the process so you have to go by the color on the lable and not rely on what you see.

We seem to think that awards can only be done on paper or parchment, but they can also be done on wood, leather, linen, metal and ceramics as well. Here is an example of how I put the award wording on the back of the commemorative plate. The front of the plate is shown in Fig.1 below. I left the area for signatures unglazed so TRM could sign with permanent markers.

Before Firing
After Firing
1. Comemorative plate for Artisan de Soliel (10")
The award text is on the back. I call this design Lily Mandala. The blues are made with Bright Delft. This blue is not as dark as I wanted.
2. Moorish Style plate of a dancer (10")
A Persian style dancer within an Arabesque border in Jade Green, Cobalt Oxide, and Dark Butternut.

See how the border is made out of a simple arrangement of lines and comma shapped dots between simple flower petal shapes.
3. Wedding Commemorative Tile (8")
Dark blues are made with Nautical Blue and Deep Delft. Lighter blues are made with Bright Delft. Other colors are Scarlett, Tangerine, and Butternut.
4. Lily Mandala Plate (10")
I think this turned out better with the darker blue color. Here I combined the lilies with a yellow "scale" border in Butternut. The lilies are painted with a mixture of tangerine and scarlett. Notice how the background appears pink and the scale lines are light blue before firing but they are both dark blue afterward.
5. Heraldic Plate (10")

This plate has a moorish border painted on the back in coblat oxide. The background behind the mantling was painted with powdered cobalt oxide mixed with a little water. After firing it had a rough feel and looked dull in places so I don't recommend it for backgrounds. I used a lead based red for the wings and it disappeared in the firing! Another reason to avoid lead.
Wouldn't this make a great Award of Arms!

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6. Alisandra Bella Tile (6")
I gave this to the King as a souvenier of our Kingdom Arts & Sciences event. I made the green by mixing Saffron and Delft. The other colors are Tangerine and Black.
7. Decorative Tile (6")
This tile is worked in Bright Scarlett, Bright Delft, Bright Saffron, and Black. I had to apply two or three coats to get a brick red. Duncan Concept Black is easy to use for thin lines.
8. Decorative Tile (8")
The Duchess and the Knight.
This tile is not based on a period design or style but is my own original art work.

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9. Quartile Amatory Plate(10")
This design is taken from Picolpasso. (More on him in the next lesson.) The date on the ribbon is Anno Societatis 37 which is 2002 in the Common Era. The red is Bright Scarlett. Closeup detail of lady before firing shows the pencil lines that disappeared in the firing process.

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10. Trophies Plate (10")
This plate is based on a design from Picolpasso. Trophy plates were very highly prized in period. This one is worked in Butternut, Cobalt Glaze and cobalt oxide. It is amazing how different the fired version is from the unfired!

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