Decoration Techniques for Polychrome Work

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My polychromatic work involves decorating at both the green and bisque stages.  When the work is leather hard , I start by painting on a thick engobe which will act as the background (or canvas) for my hand drawn imagery.  Next, I carve around the brushwork, then fire the pots in a bisque.  Following the bisque, the work goes through layers of glaze trailed decoration using multiple glazes/underglazes.  After the decoration is complete, a layer of wax is painted over it to protect it from the final allover glaze application.  Here are some images that highlight various stages of the decoration process and some of the tools I use to achieve the results.  Click on the images below for additional information.


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