I have just come back from Stoke on Trent, where I painted my second batch of ceramic Staffordshire dogs. It was great fun, the processes are facinating. I thought you'd like to see some of the work in progress.
These are the naked dogs!, first step was to paint their eyes and mouths, each one has a slightly different expression, and some have eyebrows or whiskers. Some look male, some look female, and some I'm not sure which!
This was the first batch to have their fairisle jumpers painted on.
once all the sweaters are painted, it was time to add the gold on their ears and clawa, this is real gold which turns shiney when it's fired.
Finished! sweaters, ears, claws. phew! I had to to very carefully transport them to the kiln. where they were heated up to 1000's of degrees, to make the gold and colour sink into the original glaze.
Finally they are loaded into the kiln, and I had to say good bye!
Got news this morning that they all fired ok, and are ready to go to their new homes next week. What a relief!
link to them on my site: