Alternative to glazing

Thinking about how I am linking my paintings and ceramics together.

How can I recreate a similar surface design on the ceramics that I create in my paintings? The paintings use bold colours and broad gestural marks, which are challenging to recreate within glazing. As my vessels are not functional, I can explore different ways of decorating them.


The best way of recreating the colours and surface is by using the same medium - acrylic paint. When used on a 2D work, I apply it very thickly and use my fingers, paintbrushes and palette knives to create texture.


Thick acrylic paint:

This did not translate well onto the coiled ceramic. It looks messy and childish and does not have a look I like at all. The acrylic is shiny and sits on the surface rather than improving the pot or working with it in any way.


Therefore, I wanted to see how it would look watered-down and dripping down the pot. Both tests were applied to fully fired buff stoneware as it is light in colour and is similar to my greyboard painting.


Watered-down acrylic paint:

This works much better on ceramic. The colours blended together very effectively and it prompts an emotional reaction. It seems either weathered or emotional, both of which are qualities I am aiming to create in my vessels.


However, does this also look childish? It doesn't appear as professional as I would like and still vaguely seems like a child has splattered paint onto the pot.

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