Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Favorite Techniques: Faux Ceramic

This post is written by EmilyClaireCreations

I love ceramic. My husband and I love collecting ceramic pieces at art shows. It is one of the things that inspired me to try polymer clay. I don't have access to a kiln, but discovering a way to mimic the look of ceramic, and create something of my own design, was a challenge that I had to attempt.

I read every book I could get my hands from the library, on about polymer clay. So many ideas, I didn't even know where to start. One of my favorite pieces was a faux distressed terracotta pendant necklace. I love grubby old flower pots and the interesting patinas the pots acquire after so much use.

My favorite technique of the moment, is working with acrylic paints for distressing and glazing. I've been experimenting with sponging and layering colors. I like to mix up acrylic paint with polymer glazes (Donna Dewberry Studio Glazes) to create ceramic type effects. The colors float and settle and they give the pieces depth and interest.

I could never get tired of working with polymer clay, there are just too many new ideas to try.



5 Smooshing Thoughts:

miramecreations said...

Abolutely love these and they do look ceramic! I am taking a class in Faux Ceramic and I am excited to learn this technique. You did a wonderful job!

2 Good Claymates said...

Your ceramic-like pieces are lovely. They do look very close to ceramic actually. Love the effect!

Cat said...

They are great, can't wait to see more!

Tina Holden said...

Nice job! I've been asked to teach a class on this and other techniques on Lasqueti Island...but I forgot to ask if they have a generator since the Island has no power...need an oven for sure, lol.

EcclecticLadyLand said...

I have always loved your faux ceramics and your pieces are what inspired me to try polymer clay in the first place =D