How To Make a Ceramic Plaque

February 14, 2016 8 Comments

For me making things from clay gives me a great sense of achievement. To make something so beautiful from such a boring cheap raw material is such a pleasure.  It’s really simple to do, but the reason not more people are doing it is you need a kiln.  The other materials are relatively inexpensive. However there are more and more people that have a kiln, and you may be lucky enough to find a local potter that will let you use theirs for a small fee.  Here is how I make my ceramic plaques…..

So first you need to roll out your clay.  There are posh machines that can roll you a nice even slab, but as this is just a hobby I use a wooden chopping board and two pieces of wood to get an even thickness and a good old rolling pin.

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Once I am happy with the thickness and have a nice smooth finish I cut my slab into the sizes I want for my plaques. You can use cookie cutters to create hearts or other shapes, or just use a knife to create geometric shapes.

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The edges of the plaques and smoothed and any embossing detail is added like the stitch edging detail which I do with a knife.  The plaques are then left on the board to dry for at least 2-3 days. I also make any ceramic details like the cut out hearts using sugar paste cutters from the remaining clay.

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After the first firing in the kiln the greenware is turned to bisque and is ready for painting.

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The bisque is then painted with special bisque paint.  I like to highlight the stitch detail the same colour as the additions but obviously that is personal preference.

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I then use a ceramic drill bit to drill the holes in the bisque and add any text.  You can write on the bisque with pencil or felt tip to act as a guide before using the ceramic paint. Any left over pen or pencil marks will burn off in the next firing.

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Once they are all painted, they are ready for glazing.

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Once glazed and the embellishments added it’s just the final firing to go!

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After the final firing, a piece of garden twine or ribbon add the finishing touch.  The finished plaques…

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I love these plaques, and when I eventually get my kiln up and running again I’m hoping to make lots more, and hopefully will eventually be able to sell them.

Would love to hear your feedback and want you think of them,

Kerry x

 

 

 

 

 

Monkey and Mouse

 

8 Comments

  • Mrs Tubbs February 17, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Those are really lovely! I do like the home is where the heart is one 🙂

    • Kerry February 17, 2016 at 6:40 pm

      Thank you, that’s really sweet of you to drop by and comment x

  • Jenny - Monkey and Mouse February 20, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    These are gorgeous! I would love my own kiln, it would be amazing to create such beautiful places of artwork. You could definitely sell these.
    Thanks so much for linking up to #howtoSunday 🙂 x

    • Kerry February 21, 2016 at 7:41 am

      Thank you. My kiln has been out of action for a year due to our house renovations, hoping to get it back up and running soon so I can play with my clay again!

  • How to Sunday #20 - Monkey and Mouse February 20, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    […] I also loved Blissful Domestication’s Ceramic Plaque, they are very cute and I wish I had access to a kiln to make something […]

  • Jorge McMillan May 10, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    It’s cool to see all the different kinds of ways to make plaques. Everything from ceramic, to metal, and to wood, there are so many ways to go about doing it. I’m grateful for these things and all that they do to help people feel good about themselves and their accomplishments.

  • Angie November 8, 2017 at 1:57 am

    What kind of clay do we purchase to make such beautiful plaques?

    • Kerry November 13, 2017 at 8:48 am

      It’s white earthenware clay. I get all my materials on-line from Hobbyceramicraft. Thanks for your comment.

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