Today's goal was to produce an organic dinnerware design utilizing texture materials from nature. I wanted the botanicals to have a watercolor effect different from my usual engobe paintings on raw clay.
Starting with mason stains and frit I mixed up three samples to test as colorants, leaf green, sage green, and hazelnut brown. I measured 1/2 cup of water in mason jars and added 1/4 teaspoon each of mason stain and frit 3134.
Botanical samples were gathered from my landscape: dried leaves, grasses, weeds, and evergreens The botanicals were impressed onto the slab of clay.
The three stains were brushed onto the botanical impressions. Then the slab was slumped onto the plate form to dry slowly.
My plan is to glaze this test plate with a transparent glaze after the bisque. Hopefully I'll end up with a dinnerware set for myself and perhaps others. We shall see how the fritted stains turn out after bisque and glaze firings. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.