Thursday, February 23, 2012

Some work in progress

            My current experiment is using rutile as an overglaze on tenmoku. I have read that this produces an orange or yellow color, which would stand out well on the dark brown of the tenmoku. I jumped right in and painted dragons over the tenmoku on a vase and on a cup. It may run a bit and make the image look smudged, or it may not.

            Anyway, I need to practice using a brush, so if the images get smudgy I won’t be that put out over it. I have always been a fan of markers, colored pencils, and charcoal, but never spent much time painting. So this is a new adventure in several ways! An added difficulty is that if I mess up, it’s hard to fix without rubbing off both the glaze and the overglaze. I expect that skill will come with practice, as with all things. 

            I've also made a mug with a dragon on wheels chasing a mouse on wheels. It is now glazed and waiting to be fired. It will be green.


  1. Can't wait to see how this turns out. I have never tried to paint over a glaze before.

    You made a comment on my blog and I got it in my email but it never showed up on my blog, blogger sometimes does strange things, I don't know where it is, but anyway thanks for the comment about my green leaf platter with the red tomatoes.

  2. Thank you so much for commenting! I've tried overglaze painting with cobalt over a matte dark green glaze before, and it produced a shiny metallic surface, very dark. I'm trying the rutile and tenmoku combination in particular because in the images I've seen (ancient Chinese pots) the rutile did not leave a metallic sheen and also had an excellent orange-yellow color. The kiln was fired today, so I'll find out on Wednesday! And yes, there will be pictures, probably on Thursday.