Since most of my pieces have a stamped and/or textured surface, I thought underglaze wash would be a cool exercise in technique.
Seeing mybisque pitcher covered in black underglaze was kind of freaky. Goth like.
After the slip dried a bit, it was time to reveal what lies beneath. I didn't feel the need to use a mask because the underglaze wasn't completely dry and I was using a damp sponge.
It's important when rinsing the sponge to remove as much water as possible. Too much water and scrub pressure will remove too much underglaze from the textured recesses and will lessen your ability to control the effect.
black wash tall pitcher
The results are striking, dramatic and daring. I think it's cool. I see dark red roses in this pitchers future.
Don't ask me why i waited so long to try corn starch with stamping on clay. The stamp results are so much nicer and little to no sticking! The tip I read for making a corn starch blotter, instructed me to put the corn starch inside an old sock, but I'm sorry, old socks will not be used as a tool in my studio. I have to draw the line somewhere. Instead I cut a square of cotton scrap material, put about a half cup of corn starch in the middle, pulled up the corners and twisted a rubber band around it. It's cute and works awesome.