If you’re a dyed-in-the-wool crafter, adding color and your own personal artistic touches to home decorating items is a natural extension of your talent and skills.
Many artists and crafters would enjoy painting ceramics, porcelain and glass.
Until recently, that was not an option. The expense and space required for a high temperature kiln precluded most hobbyists and starving artists from expanding their repertoire to include glass and ceramics.
However, there’s great news for the home artisan and crafter. A wide variety of products are now available that can be fired in a kitchen oven and are perfectly safe to use with food products, microwaves and dishwashers. Not only are there paints and supplies, but there are a number of books and publications to instruct, enlighten and inspire a budding ceramicist.
Instructions To Get You Started
Books, Kits, Supplies, and Stencils make learning Ceramics fun… Enjoy!
Painting On Ceramics
Ms. Byrne has been in the ceramics game for many years. Her book is a great tutorial for beginners and those needing to brush up on their ceramics skills.
The book is a compendium of techniques and useful tips that range from mid-19th century to contemporary, and tribal to floral designs. She provides step-by-step instructions and the book is illustrated with more than 140 photographs.
Creative Ceramic Painting
British designer, Cheryl Owen presents the reader with illustrated, step-by-step directions that will take a wobbly novice to advanced ceramicist in no time.
She covers tricks-of-the-trade like stippling, etching photos and sponging with detailed clarity. There are 25 different projects and designs, just waiting for you to expand with your own personal touches.
Paint on China
This video has all the tips and tricks you need to get started painting with low-temperature paint that can be baked in your home oven.
These easy-to-do projects take you from start to finish and with professional works of art in your own unique style.
Pebeo Assorted Glossy Markers
This set of nine colors are bullet tip markers that are perfect for china, porcelain, glass, tile and ceramic. They can also be used on metallic surfaces like enameled sheet metal and copper.
The paint becomes tack-free quickly and is completely dry in 24 hours. After baking, the paint is dishwasher resistant and permanent.
The markers are great for children and provides control for working in small areas where consistency is crucial. The pigments are water base and non-toxic.
The entire line of 18 Vitrea 160 markers is available in gloss and frosted finishes. They’re superb for tracing, outlining, writing and drawing.
Glass Paint Atelier Collection Set
Pebeo’s Vitrea 160 Paint Collection Set is packed with everything you need to get started creating beautiful custom porcelain and glass pieces. It makes a perfect gift for an artist who’s looking to make a change and a welcome addition to any ceramicist’s tabouret.
The lidded, two-level toolbox includes 45 ml bottles of paint in 10 colors, a pearlized relief outlining tube and an idea booklet. It also is packed with a #8 brush, small palette and a sponge.
This water-based paint line has both translucent and opaque hues, and they can be mixed to create the whole spectrum of colors. The paint is removable until it has been baked at 300 degrees Fahrenheit. The fired paint is microwave safe, UV, solvent and dishwasher resistant.
Plaid Simply Stencil
This frosted white stencil material is perfect to create your own, unique stencils. Why bother with repetitive, time consuming motifs on a set of dinnerware or serving pieces? Simply cut a stencil and you’ll be able to recreate that motif over and over in just minutes.
This value-pack contains both 8” x 10” and 10” x 18” blank stencil sheets. The stencil material cleans simply with soap and water and can be cut with a heat cutter or a sharp, hobby cutting blade.
Cutlass Stencil Cutting Kit
This 18 watt, 120 vac stencil cutting pen makes cutting stencils a breeze. Mylar and acetate are the most popular stencil materials, and cutting a perfect design is effortless with a Wall Lenk Cutlass Stencil Cutting Kit.
With a 2-wire electric cutting pen, an edge remover disk, an angled tip and a pointed tip, you’ll be creating professional stencils the first time you fire this baby up. It can cut up to 7 mil thick Mylar and has a short shaft to provide good cutting control.
Stencil Starter Kit
Once you’ve cut your stencils, it’s time to get your design transferred to your item. Use this simple kit in a number of ways to make your crafting life easier.
The kit comes with a stencil roller brush, foam brushes and pouncers, a roll of stencil tape, white vinyl eraser and three bristle stencil brushes. Use these products on your glass or ceramics project, as well as stenciling on fabrics, wood, walls and plastic.