Out guest artist today is Joann Wheeler from Painted Panache.
A Work In Progress --- China Painting
So people always ask me how I do this. This time I took some pictures at each stage. Each piece of china is painted and fired in a kiln to a temperature of 1800 degrees multiple times. Here's some pictures of how it progresses:
Brushes used are very soft. Unlike other types of painting very little paint is loaded on the brush. Your brush "kisses" the porcelain as you paint.
Design Sketched In
Each piece is painted multiple times as you build up your color from light to dark. There is no white on the palette, the white seen is actually the porcelain showing through. At each firing the glaze opens up and the paint goes into the glaze. As it cools the glaze closes and the paints become permanent. They will never wash off. They are dishwasher & microwave safe.
The First Painting and Firing
Second Painting and Firing
Lusters like mother of pearl also sit on the top of the glaze. For that reason should you have gold or lusters, handwashing is advised. Gold should never be put into the microwave as it is a metal and might give you a fireworks show!
Third Painting and Firing
So, if you are interested in porcelain art (a gift to treasure for generations to come), please visit the porcelain section of my Etsy shop: