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Adding color to your pottery can be a tricky proposition. Unlike working with paints, what you put on your prize pot or sculpture can look very different before and after firing. As a general rule, ceramic stains and ceramic pigments look pretty much the same before and after firing while ceramic oxides like iron oxide, cobalt oxide, and copper oxide, as well as cobalt carbonate and copper carbonate, all look very different. In How to Add Color to Your Ceramic Art: A Guide to Using Ceramic Colorants,Ceramic Stains, and Ceramic Oxides, you'll find a little help to better understand what, how, and why ceramic colorants work in a glaze. Enjoy!

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The World of Ceramic Colorants

by Robin Hopper

The potter's palette can be just as broad as the painter's because there are so many ceramic colorants and combinations to choose from. By combining ceramic oxides, ceramic stains, and ceramic pigments in various proportions, you can get virtually every color in the spectrum.

Detailed and Unstructured

by Lori Martin

Lori Martin is a self-professed fan of structure, which is evident in her tight, tidy, and orderly glaze-trailed decorations. In this article, Martin outlines how she organizes, divides, and glazes her highly decorative and colorful pottery. She also discusses how she uses ceramic color and gradients in her work.

Discovering New Glaze Colors with Ceramic Stains

By John Britt

Commercially prepared ceramic pigments, commonly referred to as ceramic stains, expand the potter’s palette with infinite color options. Ceramic pigments are easy to use and the simplest way to introduce a wide range of color into your work.

How Lana Wilson Uses Ceramic Pigments

by Annie Chrietzberg

Lana Wilson’s work is mostly black and white with bits of vibrant color splashed about. She gets her color from ceramic pigments mixed with a clay slip which she makes from a commercial clay body. She explains how to mix the slip, how much ceramic pigment to add for each color, and how to use the glaze on a finished piece.

Bright Pottery Colors Inside and Out

by John Conrad

One way to create colorful pottery is to use a glaze or colored slip on the surface. But in this fun project, John Conrad shows how to use metallic oxides and ceramic stains to color the clay itself so the color is incorporated into the form. Then he shows a great way to turn a colored block of clay into a wheel thrown pottery bowl.

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