Back in January, a friend and I went to a lovely little café, where you paint ceramics whilst devouring home-made ice cream and other tasty treats. I seized the opportunity to try a sort of black figure technique, which was tremendous fun: most of the detail in this little side plate has been incised into the paint with a nail, except for the very sad attempts at detailing the woman’s face and musculature, which used a little squeeze bottle of paint (bad idea). It takes three or four weeks for all the pottery to go through the kiln so I only picked up my piece yesterday, and finally had a chance to see what had and had not worked.
The bad: uneven application of background paint; should be easily remedied by using a sponge to apply the requisite three layers.
Not enough layers covering up areas that went outside the lines.
The squeeze bottle - I’ll bring my own brushes for detail work next time.
Forgetting to look at references for the woman’s feet. There should be two of them, one at the back of the dress, one at the front. Oops.
Composition, in which I forgot horses were long, ran out of space on one end, and had to ad-lib a tree on the other side to balance things out, sort of.
Lack of a ground line.
The good: Incised details. I am kind of in love with this technique. Its success outweighs all the problems for me.
I think I mostly have this style down for horses. Now to move on to trying other creatures. With references handy.
The tree is kind of cool, even if completely the wrong colour-scheme.
All in all, it’s not too bad for a first attempt, and pretty much all the issues are solvable now that I’ve seen the finished product. I cannot wait to start replicating ancient artwork, and trying to come up with my own scenes in this style. So much fun!