Ceramics Decorating Video: Decorating Pottery with Colored Slips

lyonsslipprinting_620Frustrated by the amount of time between forming a piece and decorating it after a bisque fire, Mitch Lyons came up with several finishing techniques he could incorporate into the forming stage. Many of these involve colored slip.


In today’s video, Mitch shares a few of those techniques, including how to make your very own clay pastels. Enjoy! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.




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This clip was excerpted from the full-length DVD Handbuilding with Mitch Lyons, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Bookstore.


To learn more about slips, engobes and underglazes, see “Slip, Engobe, or Underglaze? Robin Hopper Demystifies Three Common Pottery Materials” in the Ceramic Arts Daily Archives.


  • Can similar effects be made using underglaze?

  • Carmillia K.

    Hate to repeat but would like to see the finished product

  • Anna B.

    Good on you Mitch for doing the DVD, and happily sharing a portion of it on here. Your website is worth having a look at, and very easy to access for those wanting to see more.
    I love your technique….very inspiring!

  • Mitch L.

    Sorry for not posting finished work on the DVD clip, Handbuilding with Mitch Lyons. However the full DVD does show finished work. You can see some on my web site.
    Mitch Lyons’

  • Subscriber T.

    Very interesting, except the dust. I agree– it is even more hazardous with “oxides” in it. And that mask is a complete joke: should be a real respirator, and with the whole process under a strong exhaust hood.

  • Thank you, Jennifer, for making it policy to always show examples of the finished product when you produce the video. That’s so important to many of your viewers. May I suggest that you also take it upon yourselves to put up a link ( as some commenters have done here) to go see the finished product when you DON’T produce the videos? That’d be so great. I LOVE these transfer techniques, very cool!

  • Virginia M.

    While these are interesting techniques that yield distinctive results, I have great concern about deliberately creating dust in a studio where there is already plenty of it. He should be wearing a respirator, not a cheap dust mask. I take GREAT care NOT to create dust, especially making it fly through the air like that! Yikes!

  • Ray K.

    Looks like the finished product is missing to most of us.

  • Jharnetty@ceramics.org H.

    Hello all,

    Just to let you know, we now make it a point to include finished images on all the DVDs we produce. This DVD , however, was not produced by us, and did not include finished images.

    We do our best to show finished work whenever possible! 🙂

    Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

  • I would also love to see the finished product.

  • Jacqueline M.

    Scratch that request.

  • Jacqueline M.

    I would love to know the temperature of the firing and recipe for the slips.

  • Eleanor G.

    Would like to see the finished item also.

  • Aldo R.

    It would be nice to have seen the end result.

  • Marcia S.

    That was really nice. I have been working on the idea of image transfer, but Mitch made it much more simple!!
    Thanks, Mitch.

  • Tiffany D.

    I would like to see the finished product.

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