Frightening Fruit With Ceramic Bowl
JoAnna Pillsbury felts a piece of whimsical fruit and then glazes a ceramic fruit bowl.
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1. Wipe the bisque bowl with a clean damp sponge.
2. Lightly sketch the design on the inside and outside of the bowl using a #2 pencil .
3. Using a glazed tile as a palette, place a small amount of glaze on the tile.
4. Starting with the inside of the bowl, paint inside the lines similar to coloring in a coloring book. Add darker colors on top of the lighter ones for more interest and blend the colors. Paint the outside of the bowl.
5. Add a small amount of water to the brush and pull it through the back glaze to make it the consistency of half and half. Outline the fruit using black glaze.
6. Stir the clear glaze using a drill with a glaze or paint mixer attachment.
7. Carefully dip half of the bowl into the glaze. Allow the bowl to drip until the excess glaze is gone.
8. Allow the bowl to dry on stilts until dampness is eliminated. Repeat steps 7 and 8 for the other side.
9. Once the bowl is completely dry, finger sand the seam and use a sanding sponge to make sure all drip marks are eliminated.
10. Place in the kiln on metal stilts making sure that nothing is touching the bowl.
11. Set the kiln to Cone 06 on medium speed with a hold of 15 minutes. Let the kiln cook and cool. This will take about 24 hours.
12. Once the kiln is below 130 degrees open the lid and remove the bowl.
13. Put on safety glasses and grind the stilt points off the bottom.
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