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Advanced Decoration Short Course

April 19 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm


Advanced Decoration Short Course – 5 Weeks

Starting Tuesday 19th  April, 12.30pm to 3.30pm


The Advanced Decoration Short Course will show you how to do a variety of more advanced decoration ideas, some traditional decoration techniques, and how to layer techniques for effect.

You should already have some making and glazing experience!

You will need a variety of already made Greenware and Bisque work as this course does not focus on HOW to make your work. the forms required are all simple and merely a vessel to try the decoration techniques. Look below for the work you will need to have prepared:

Week One

  • Shellac/wax/resist to create texture
  • Carving and piercing
  • Make your own textures
  • Design with texture
  • Using underglazes, oxides and glazes with texture

You will need – three or four small leather hard items, plus one or two small items that have some kind of texture that have been bisque fired



Week Two

  • Creating texture with slip
  • Using colour
  • Paper transfers with engobes

You will need – a few small leather hard items – one or two will be made in class!


Week Three

  • Using multiple techniques
  • Planning layers
  • Design aspects of layering
  • Work flow for layering
  • Using Washi transfers

You will need – several leather hard pieces, we will make a few items in class


Week Four

  • Advanced underglazes, using as over glazes
  • Majolica
  • Using oxides – commercial or raw material
  • Advanced glazing

You will need several fairly plain bisque fired pieces – bowls and cylinders


Week Five

  • Using commercial decals
  • Using lustres and metals
  • Firing cycles for lustres and decals
  • How to use them uniquely

You will need – a bottle of metal and or lustre from Picasso’s, glaze fired work in plain colours or some of your work that has come through already – a small amount of decals will be provided.


Apart from purchasing lustres, metals, washi and decals from Picasso’s another great source is Sanbao – https://www.chinaclayart.com/ – shop as soon as you book in!

Ceramic Overglaze Decal

Ceramic Underglaze Decal

Your course includes all firing and most materials (not gold or lustre) – washi, some decals, glazes, slips, etc., all included. If you would like to bring your own special Washi paper and decals – feel free! You will make some pieces in class from studio clay, however you will need to also prepare work before class – check with staff and use studio clay if you do not have work already prepared. Please take note of the work you will need in advance – print out a copy of this page!


April 19
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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Firebird Studios
1/20 Hutchinson Street
Burleigh Heads, QLD 4220 Australia
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Firebird Studios


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