Surface Techniques

Blue or Pink Screens:
Photographs are printed or enlarged onto transparency film. This image is then exposed onto a flexible fabric under sunlight or UV lights. When cleared in water, the screen is used like a stencil through which underglaze or slip can be screened.
Pink Screen exposure process, Kate MissettBlue and Pink Screen Process-exposed screens, Kate MissettBlue Screen image transfer close up, Kate MissettPink screened image on clay, Kate Missett
Rice Paper Transfer:
From a silkscreen or flexible screen, a mixture of Mason stains and Karo syrup is screened with a squeegee onto rice paper. Once the paper is dry, this image can be inverted and gently rubbed onto a greenware or bisque surface and subsequently glazed.
Rice Paper transfers drying, exterior, Kate MissettRice paper transfer of images on clay, Kate Missett
Laser Transfer:
Images are printed onto photo-sensitive paper using a laser printer. After soaking in water like a decal, they are then transferred to a glazed surface. After firing the decals can be hand colored with China paints, then refired to a low temperature.

China Paints:
A large assortment of very low fire colors that are available in both tubes and as powders. They can be oil or water based. Can be applied to a glazed surface and refired around Cone 018. In traditional China painting, colors were fired individually to different temperatures.
China Painting, student, Kate MissettChina Painting over decals, finished piece, Kate MissettChina Painting over decal, Kate Missett
Lustres and Metallics:
A range of shiny surfaces that include gold, and silver suspended in oil that are applied to a glazed surface and refired at a low temperature.
Lustre painted plate with decals, Kate MissettChina Painting over decal image, Kate Missett
Silk Screen:
A silk screen is stretched onto a wooden frame, then coated with a photo sensitive emulsion.  An enlarged transparency of a photographed image is exposed onto the screen and carefully washed out in water so that the dark areas of the photograph are clear. Then underglazes or slips are pressed through with a squeegee onto greenware or bisque clay, transferring a detailed image.