Published Aug 25, 2014
Ceramic artist Bede Clarke has explored a number of different paths in his career. Recently, after focusing primarily on wood firing for a number of years, he shifted his concentration to painting on the slipped surfaces of earthenware pots to satisfy a love of painting. In today's post, an excerpt from the September 2014 issue of Ceramics Monthly, Bede explains his decorating process.
PS. Check out more from Bede Clarke, including both high- and low-fire clay, slip, and glaze recipes in the September 2014 issue of CM!
These simple shapes seem to need a bit of help. In the past I have wood fired shapes like these and under the spell of the wood kiln they can become something. But, I am always interested in finding ways to give the pots a new life—in this case a life of color and line and drawing.
The exterior is painted with a black slip, allowed to dry and then dipped in a white slip. Fingermarks and areas of thick/thin slip contribute depth and touch to the surface.
The other secret is to just start!
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