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Here is a porcelain plate with an orb spider design…this is the last part of my experimentation process before I complete my final design for another exhibition piece for Thailand. The final piece will be of Orb spiders on a porcelain vase. The design of orb spiders is painted with lustres in the background, platinum detail, and raised paste with gold. I started planning an orb spider painting a while ago, see this post about spiders on porcelain. The final exhibition vase will be published after the exhibition. I really like the effects created with the lustres on this plate. The backgrounds which I paint with lustres have to reflect the final subject matter…they are not so random My last piece lustred daisies on porcelain was also looking at contrasts of effects…I am now happy with which techniques I will use on my exhibition piece for Thailand.
I enjoy working with paste, especially the sculptural qualities.
Here you can see a close up the paste work before the gold was applied:
This sculptural technique reminds me of when I studied pottery…I recently connected with my ceramic/pottery teacher from high school on facebook, which was lovely. She still has my set of lino prints (it was a set of five prints which told the story of unrequited love in a medieval setting) which she bought from me, I think I was about 16 years old when I made them…and I signed them, which she commented was a bonus! The wonderful part of my creativity which I learned from her was to push the boundaries of the medium I was working with. I was surprised she remembered my relief wall sculpture I made of Van Gogh’s painting The Postman, we were studying Impressionism in Art at the time, so I applied this design of impressionism to my pottery class (Sandra did you take a photo? I didn’t keep a photo of it, this plaque was mounted to a wooden plaque and hung in our corridor at home for years, and I think it dropped ). I still remember in my pottery classes, creating sculptures from clay, and being given free reign of the glazes cupboard, keeping a log book and experimenting with the powders and techniques (much to the dislike of other teachers…but I thank you Sandra )
Of course with all of my paintings and experiments I still keep a diary in books and videos on my i-phone, I’ve written about this process before…but it’s really important to keep notes. I use this blog as a visual aide for me too to keep notes on, as well as share my studio with you
See the completed vase exhibited in Thailand...”Nature Of Orb Spiders”
I started this plate a while ago, see tutorial for Lustres…as I described in that post, this daisies painting on a porcelain plate has been created by using left over lustres from other project. I always have other plates or objects available so that my lustres don’t go to waste. This week, I completed the plate, and I used up some burnishing gold paint that I was using for another project. I love the turquoise colour of the lustre and the decorative effect of the platinum and gold work at the bottom. I’m still practising taking photos of lustre work, as each angle captures a different light and colour- which is why I love working with these paints.
First firing: The daisies on this piece are wiped out with a brush and dampened paper towelling and fired.
Second Firing: Defining flowers with liquid platinum.
This is the result of the 2nd firing……you can see a change in colour as I raised the temperature saturation for this firing….also some extra platinum detail was added to bottom of plate.
Third Firing: Burnishing gold pen work accents for definition. You’ll see that the gold work and platinum sort of merge together, making it look like a more natural graduated highlight. It is important that for any lustre work, that you ‘know’ your kiln and how it fires, as you can control a lot of the firing process and maturation of colour.
If you’re interested in learning how to paint with lustres, ask me about masterclasses