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Yellow Owl's Make It Yours
Delftware is blue and white china made in the Netherlands that was popular in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. I love the restrained palette and how motifs from Japan and China mingle with European ones. The restricted palette, symmetry, and repetition of marks make for awesome compositions. These designs look complicated, and in a way they are, but the busy-ness of the composition and the mark of your hand (even the mistakes) will just add to the charm. I find it’s easiest to make this project using plates with a flat rim. I used an 11" (28cm) dinner plate with a 2" (5cm) rim. Use a scanner to scale motifs down or up as needed. You can start this project at home or, for an even easier time, head to your local paint-your-own pottery studio, where they will sell you the bisqueware, provide glazes, and fire your finished pieces in a kiln. After transferring the design you can paint it with underglazes, but I like the fine-line quality of underglaze pencils. It is essential to use red Saral transfer paper because the marks will disappear in the high heat of the kiln.
TIME: 1 hour
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LEARN: How to transfer graphics to ceramics and glass
REMIX: Use this transfer technique on finished ceramics or terra-cotta pots, but use glass paint, which heat-sets in the oven (see Tres Bien Bathroom Set on page 83), for decorative use

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  • How to make a plate. DIY Delftware - Step 1
    Step 1

    Trace templates onto tracing paper with permanent marker.

  • How to make a plate. DIY Delftware - Step 2
    Step 2

    Place tracing paper over Saral transfer paper and cut out with scissors, leaving at least 3⁄8" (1cm) margin on all sides.

  • How to make a plate. DIY Delftware - Step 3
    Step 3

    Place small pieces of tape to adhere template A (central motif) and the transfer paper to well of plate. Go over lines of template with colored pencil to transfer template to well of plate.

  • How to make a plate. DIY Delftware - Step 4
    Step 4

    Remove transfer paper, template, and tape. Trace design on plate with underglaze pencil.

  • How to make a plate. DIY Delftware - Step 5
    Step 5

    Place template B (rosette motif) and transfer paper at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock and tape in place.

  • How to make a plate. DIY Delftware - Step 6
    Step 6

    Tape template C (grid motif) and transfer paper in spaces between rosettes. Trace rosette and grid designs on plate with colored pencil.

  • How to make a plate. DIY Delftware - Step 7
    Step 7

    Remove transfer paper, template, and tape. Trace rosettes and grids with underglaze pencil.

  • How to make a plate. DIY Delftware - Step 8
    Step 8

    Do not stack plates or rub underglaze marks off. Have plates glazed and fired at your local paint-your-own pottery studio.

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