Painting porcelain


The Aboriginals are the pioneers in dot painting. They abstracted their paintings to disguise the sacred designs they made so the real meanings could not be understood by Westerners.

I’ve painted porcelain teapots, cups, bowls, plates… It’s not only plain ceramics I used for my designs. I also paint on glass and enamel jugs. I did some designs on a solid coloured background (which is a challenge on its own).

It’s an addiction. Whenever I see some plain porcelain…

Some objects might look the same (like the tiny dishes painted with hearts) but no object is the same. They either have different colours or the design is slightly (or completely) different. So all objects are one off’s.

When I go “hunting” for new objects I hardly ever buy the same object twice or I intend to keep them together (like the 3 rectangular dishes).


If you need a rest… take up porcelain painting ! The recurring dots have a calming effect. I can paint porcelain for hours, often with quiet music in the background. I don’t always know what the end result will be. That’s fine by me. Sometimes I know I’ll use just one colour. But all the colours are in front of me on a lazy Susan. So if I change my mind… I never thought I’d paint mandalas, it just happened.

The colours

Some objects are painted with a lot of colours, others will just have one or two colours. I use two different brands. Talens needs a bake over. The second brand, Armerina, is a cold paint. They’re both food save. I’ve seen painted porcelain with Armerina that withstood the dishwasher several times (like 100+). I use the last one especially on enamel objects as I’ve never tried to bake enamel.

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