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Published Sep 18, 2023

I have heard lots of tips and tricks for transferring an image to a piece of pottery—from tracing through plastic to specialized Graffito paper that acts like a carbon copy.

But in today's post, I am sharing a technique that I had never thought or heard of: using a projector and tracing over the projected lines. In this post, an excerpt from the September/October 2023 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, Michael A. Hall explains this technique! –Jennifer Poellot Harnetty, editor

PS. To see how Michael adds vibrant color and finishes with luster, check out the September/October 2023 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated!

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I use a free program called Vectornator on my Apple iPad to create vector line drawings that I project onto the soft leather-hard form. When teaching secondary art, a colleague showed me the usefulness of a projector for image transfers. I use a mini-projector I found online for about \$120, and it works for my needs. I value the communicative function of objects. I use flowers for symbolic emotions through the lens of Hanakotoba, the language of flowers: cherry blossoms for good education and spiritual cleansing, yellow chrysanthemums for slighted love, and peonies for compassion. I use the fancy goldfish for my symbolic self—a literal fish out of water surrounded by emotions on a functional vessel.

Draw the projections on the piece using a refillable brush pen and black ink (1). I prefer ink and a brush pen because it doesn’t carve lines into the surface, and it can be wiped off if I make a mistake. This process gives me a rough outline that I can be more precise with later.

Next, brush the entire exterior with wax resist (2). Once the wax resist is dry, take a double-sided drypoint scribe and draw the linework into the surface of the piece (3). I attempt to be mindful to ensure the scribe is perpendicular to the surface at all times so I am creating a consistent V-shaped groove that will eventually hold underglaze.

Carving the lines creates a lot of wax and porcelain burrs. Periodically pause your carving to brush away the burrs using a soft toothbrush (4).