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I planted them in a spot that gets tons of afternoon light!
But you know what they did? They turned around and faced the yellow wall of my building.
And that is the kind of gardener I am!
So how exactly does a sunflower grow in my pottery studio
Since I really can’t garden, (and truth be told I really don’t like to garden) , I found that I get my flower fix by creating it on my pottery.
The majority of my pottery art is created using a technique called Sgraffito which means “to scratch”. And that’s exactly what I do
This mug was made using high grit brown clay. The sunflower was etched and underglazed. After bisque firing the mug was clear glazed. I really liked the organic look and feel of this mug.
Mugs will always be my favorite thing to make because they are so useful and enjoyed just about everyday. One of my o to designs for sunflowers is Sgraffito caving through black underglaze to expose white clay. Once the etching is done I allow the mug to dry completely before I add the additional colors. Then Bisque and Clear glaze.
In order to make my hand-painted designs pop, I outline them with thin black underglaze lines. I don’t worry about drawing a perfect line because there isn’t any perfectly straight line in the natural world!
This mug incorporated sgraffito carving but instead of starting out with a black base, I painted all the colors of the sunflower and then carved away the background. For the background and center “dots” I took a rotary tool ball end and attached it to an old broken tool handle. Make your own tools!
There are so many ways to paint your pottery. Here is another idea. For this mug I applied various shades of underglaze to a bone dry mug. I used a circular motion and blended the underglaze together where they met. Generally, for an opaque color like this I apply 3 d coats of underglaze.
Once the colors are dry I used black underglaze to draw the flowers!
Just a few more ideas
This airbrush plays nicely with Underglaze. The kit comes with several tips and if you use the largest tip it greatly reduces the clogging. I use airbrushes when I want a soft subtle background. The small cup holds just the right amount of underglaze and making easy to clean and recharge with another color!
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