Sue Pohanka Ceramics
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Paper Resist Technique

The process I have been using lately to decorate the surface of my pieces involves the use of paper stencils. I create an image and cut multiple copies of this image out of paper to create  stencils.

The paper stencils are arranged on the surface of a newly thrown bowl.

The bowl is then painted with a coat of yellow underglaze.

Once the yellow underglaze has dried, a second layer of paper stencils is added.

A new color of underglaze is selected( in this case chartreuse ) and applied over the second layer of stencils

This process of layering stencils and successive layers of underglazes is repeated multiple times.

 Once the final layer of underglaze has dried (in this case navy blue), all of the paper stencils are removed to reveal multiple layers of colors.   The piece is then fired in a kiln to 1940 degrees F . After this firing, the bowl will be painted with clear glaze and fired a second time to 2232 degrees F.

Once the final layer of underglaze has dried (in this case navy blue), all of the paper stencils are removed to reveal multiple layers of colors. 

The piece is then fired in a kiln to 1940 degrees F . After this firing, the bowl will be painted with clear glaze and fired a second time to 2232 degrees F.

Erin Buterick