How to Make an Illustrated Ceramic Bowl
Materials and Tools:
red earthenware clay
water buffalo horn
No. 2 pencil
clear food-safe glaze
1. Wedge the clay until it's soft. Shape the clay into a ball. Holding the ball in your left hand, plunge your right thumb into the center of the ball. Use the fingers and thumb of your right hand to form a pot by pinching the clay around the edges. Set it aside to dry for about four hours.
2. Smooth the outside of the pot with a paddle. Using a water buffalo horn, burnish the pot so that it's shiny and smooth inside and out.
3. Trim the edges of the bowl with a craft knife.
4. Shave the edges with a woodworking tool.
5. Smooth the bowl with a wet sponge.
6. Apply eight coats of white underglaze to the inside of the bowl. Allow it to dry for 24 hours.
7. Draw an image onto the pot with a No. 2 pencil. Fill in the design with underglaze pencils. Smudge the lines for a softer look.
8. Bisque-fire the bowl at 1,888 degrees for about 7½ hours.
9. Apply a clear food-safe glaze and glaze-fire the piece at 1,950 degrees for about 7½ hours.