How to Underglaze Imprinted Clay

by - December 15, 2016

This is a simple method to underglaze an imprint in your clay piece, which is a great method for decorating ornaments with vintage letterpress, lace or other one of a kind textures and making the patterns pop. You need an imprinted and bisque-fired piece of pottery, a paintbrush, underglaze, water, and a sponge or rag. While this does waste some underglaze, the underglaze is watered down, so it spreads well.

Imprinted clay, bisque fired


Watered down underglaze (this is Sea Blue by Speedball)


Paint on the underglaze making sure it gets into the imprint.  If you are underglazing the imprint in a large bowl, it will save time to pour the underglaze into the bowl and use a large paintbrush to spread it around.


Let the underglaze dry and then use a damp sponge or rag to wipe down the excess. This method does eat up sponges, so sometimes a dishrag works better if you have sponges that break apart easily.


Let the underglaze dry before brushing on a clear glaze.

Casserole Dish with Lace Imprint and Sea Blue Underglaze


Other projects:
Bead Tree (I) http://www.lovesown.com/2013/03/making-bead-tree-for-kiln.html
Spoon molds: http://www.lovesown.com/2013/02/making-spoons-from-mold-pictorial.html
Bead Tree (II): http://www.lovesown.com/2013/11/making-bead-tree-for-kiln-part-two.html
Making Ceramic Ornaments with Cookie Cutters http://www.lovesown.com/2014/11/making-ceramic-ornaments-with-cookie.html
Hand Building Projects: http://www.lovesown.com/2013/02/hand-building-projects.html

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