Well the high firing went well, just one or two pieces that weren’t up to standard, so will be for for the hammer and bin. But the rest have been polished with wet and dry paper, so that the unglazed porcelain is beautifully smooth to touch, and had their decals applied.
Decals are ceramic transfers, fired to a lower temperature. I use a mixture of stock decals, already printed sheets, and ones of my own artwork. I leave spaces in many of my illustrations on porcelain for the decals to complete the image, taking in to account the shrinkage of the clay.
Most of my decals are of heads, collaged photos of my nephews, or friend’s children, cut up and painted in to more grown-up heads. Some people find these a bit strange , but I really like the odd look of them.
After drying them overnight I got the kiln on this morning, rushing them to the barn between the rain showers. Not as bad as in winter when I was fighting through snow storms with a torch to get to the kiln. If the panels are ok after this firing they’ll be off to the framers, in time to appear at Spring Fling at Barnbarroch Pottery, Kippford.