Is art meant to be seen and admired from a distance? Or is it possible for art to look good but still be used on a daily basis? Both the possibilities are true and there are admirers for each type of art. That is what makes the world of art so interesting and vivacious. Take for instance, the lovely pieces of ceramic vases that are intricately done up and used mainly for decoration. These type of artworks are more for the eye and the senses than for practical use. The use of teacups and coffee mugs from the same material are considered art that has much utilitarian purpose. To know about all the aspects of what we are talking about, you will need to explore the fascinating world of ceramic art and get to know more. However, what we are going to talk here is not just about pottery and porcelain, but also about painting on them.
Since there are many aspects to this art, it has been said that it is the earthy and worth art of pottery, which is an apt explanation. The more you delve into the nuances of the world of pottery and ceramics, the more likelier are to be absorbed in the many aspects of the world. You will learn more about the world of pottery, which will have you turning to this art not only due to the beauty it creates but also for the therapeutic value it offers.
As usual, we are going to provide you with several images to inspire you in this form of art. But along with the images, we will also provide you some inputs on how porcelain painting works so that you know how to go about it.
The first thing that you have to remember about porcelain painting is that it is a kind of painting that could be exposed to various elements. In case of porcelain vases and other pieces of decoration, the exposure may not be to water, at least on a regular basis but to elements like sunshine and air. While with porcelain mugs and vessels, the exposure is also to water and soap.
Which is why the process of porcelain painting cannot be done in most instances with just water based paints or oil based paints or even acrylic paints. It has to be done by a process while the paint is applied on to the porcelain surface and then fired in the kiln to ensure that the paint is settled. The process of applying paint and then firing it has to continue until the work is completed. The reason that one cannot apply all the paint at once is because a thick layer of a paint could result in a bubble or discoloration when fired.
In most cases, the paints used on porcelain or china are powder based, which are then mixed with either oil or some other medium. The firing process on porcelain painting is an essential process as it prevents the paint from coming off when it is done properly. You will need to investigate the probability of having a kiln of your own when you start painting on porcelain. For the paints to set well on porcelain, you will need to understand the temperature tolerance of the paint and fire accordingly.
The result of porcelain painting when done well will not be opaque but translucent so that it creates a very realistic and pretty picture. One that looks as if it is going to pop right out of the surface on which it has been created.