Ceramic Painting

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My daughter and I took ceramic painting class when she was ten years old. We both enjoyed this activity.

When choosing a green ware that is a ceramic piece just came out of the first firing from a mode with the clay color. It is still fragile and breakable. We need to clean the rough edges with bladed tools and water. The next step is to paint it with the paint for green ware. After painting, the green ware goes through the second firing. After the second firing, the piece becomes solid. The glaze will be applied and the piece goes through the third firing to have a shiny colored look.

Another way to do it is to purchase the bisque which is cleaned and solid through the second firing. All we have to do is to use a different paint specifically for bisque. We paint the colors, and do the glazing. Then the piece goes through one more firing in the kiln before its completion. The dry brush technique requires different kind of paint, doesn’t need glaze or the third firing.

My daughter and I carry on this hobby separately. I like to paint angels and fairies. When I paint the wings or certain areas in white, I have to be sure to use opaque white that is nontransparent, and covers any unexpected spots of other colors.

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Daily Prompt: Opaque

Tuesday Travel Highlight – Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades.

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Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are numerous bike paths. In fact, cyclers have more right of way than pedestrians. This building is one of the major bicycle parking structures.

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We visited the wooden thong factory, ceramic painting factory, and cheese factory (with cheese tasting).

Visiting Anne Frank Huts was a must. Her hiding place was a room with the door blocked by a bookcase. In my early teaching years, Anne Frank’s Diary was on the student’s reading list.

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We visited the Van Gogh Museum on a rainy day, so no photos were taken. I found a Van Gogh painting from Google images.

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Hope you enjoy my highlight of our Amsterdam trip.

– Photos taken by Miriam Hurdle

 

Guest Blogger – Transmogrify

Weekly Photo Challenge: Transmogrify

Rhyme in Time wrote a poem to go with the ceramic dolphin I painted. She is a wonderful poet and writer. Please visit her blog.

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With kicking thrust from water’s sheen erupt
A pair of piscine travelers abrupt;
In glistening graceful arcs before our eye,
These fellow mammals calm transmogrify.

They chirp a complex greeting to our cheers
Before again the liquid air they sheer.
Now bubbles and a gentle rolling swell
Are all that’s left their giddy whirl to tell.

Thank you!  Rhyme in Time.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Dolphins

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Dolphins are adorable animals. When we went to North Carolina. My husband went diving. On our way to the outer ocean. A school of dolphins came by. All the guys jumped in and swam with the dolphins. I had a chance to catch a few shots.

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I took a ceramic class with my daughter. This was one of the ceramic pieces I painted. Since I love dolphins, it was just natural that it was among the first pieces I pained.

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I have several categories of collection. Again, dolphins are among them. This glass dolphin is one of my collections. I put lights under and around them so the light shines through the glass.

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Weekly Photo Challenge:Transmogrify