Published Sep 11, 2023
In today's post, an excerpt from her brand new book The Beginner's Guide to Decorating Pottery, Emily Reinhardt shares how she creates an abstract-patterned cheeseboard. The great thing about these cheeseboards is that they can double as wall art when not in use! –Jennifer Poellot Harnetty, editor
TOOLS AND MATERIALS
- Bisqueware ready for glaze
- Pencil, ruler, and stencils or paper templates for tracing your designs
- Various lead-free, nontoxic, food-safe glazes
- Assorted paintbrushes, squeeze bottles, and other glaze application tools
- Bucket of water
STEP 1 Using a pencil, draw out your design or pattern on your bisque-fired surface. You can trace objects or stencils for varying shapes on the surface or fill it out with an allover pattern (1). Decide if you want the surface fully covered or if you want any raw clay showing around the edge of your designs.
STEP 2 Start with your first glaze color and begin filling in your shapes or patterns (2). If you’re using squeeze bottles, you can do one pass of glaze. If you’re brushing it on, don’t forget to think about how many layers you’ll need for full glaze coverage.
STEP 3 Alternate your colors and your glaze choices as you start to fill in your patterns and designs (3, 4). Once it feels complete, clean up and prepare your piece for firing (5).
STEP 4 Once it’s fired and ready to use, it’s time for a snack party (6)!
Excerpted with permission from The Beginner’s Guide to Decorating Pottery (Quarry Books, an imprint of The Quarto Group, 2023) by Emily Reinhardt. The Beginner’s Guide to Decorating Pottery can be purchased in the Ceramic Arts Network Shop. Learn more at quarto.com.