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Painting on porcelain is a precise, delicate art, calling for patience, attention to detail and dexterity.
I use traditional techniques to create all of my compositions.
The chosen décor is sketched out with a grease pencil on the piece itself. This also helps me to position the design to be painted.
A dose of pigment (powdered colour) is placed on a glazed tile. A binding agent is added (an oil-based substance). We call this the médium; turpentine or spike lavender essence can give the mixture a more fluid aspect. Mixing the colour ingredients is a vital step before outlining the painting.
The relief of a design can be picked out and underscored with precious metals (matt or gloss) including platinum and silver, as well as gold.
Firing is a vital stage in fixing the colours to the porcelain.
There are several firing possibilities: