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How many times have you seen a piece of pottery or ceramics in a store and liked the shape, but not the color?
Different people have asked about painting over an already glazed commercial ceramic piece, such tiles, plates and vases.
Eventually, I bought a piece that I liked and when I got it home I began to change the color to suit me.
I found out that this is very possible to do and makes a fun project.
Lately, several shopping malls have done murals where kids paint on glazed tiles, then the tiles are refired and mounted.

Checking the Glaze On finished Pottery Or Ceramic pieces

The biggest problem with this is that you don't know the firing temperature of the clay and glaze that was used on the tiles.
What you don't want is to fire it too hot and have melted clay and or glaze ruining your kiln shelves.
The best solution is to fire a sample piece inside a bisque bowl, that will catch the clay or glaze if it does melt or run.
You could also use a flat piece of clay with the edges turned up.
If you only have a single piece, such as a vase, you can't test a sample of it.
In that case, you will either have to get two and test it on one first or you will have to just paint the whole thing, fire it and cross your fingers.
I have done that a number of times, I think I have won more than I have lost!

Safe Glazes To Use On finished Pottery Or Ceramics

Now, I have found out that if you use low fire glazes you are pretty safe, because most pottery or ceramics can withstand low fire temperatures such as Cone 06.
Sometimes the color of the original piece will change when it is re-fired.
For instance, black tiles could turn a grayish black, so just be aware that this could happen.
Well, you have your piece home and you have to decide what glaze to use?
Many low fire glazes will work, but it is hard to say without testing.
A few years back, I would use whatever glaze was lying around.
Most of the glazes covered and fired fine, but a few pooled when fired so there were large blobs of glaze with none in between.
It actually gave an interesting effect, but might not be what you want.
So if you have the ability to test, I would, it is very desireable!

Duncan Concepts On Pottery Or Ceramics

There is one line of glaze that has been used a lot for this purpose and it is the Duncan Concepts Underglazes.
They actually are underglazes instead of glazes, so it sounds very strange to use them over glaze.
They have some frit which causes them to melt a little, like a glaze.
They are commonly used to paint on commercial ceramics.

No clear glaze covering is required either.
The Concepts have another feature that make them great to use.
The colors come in light, bright or dark.
If you use colors in the same family it will be easier to make them match.
You don't get a dull color next to a bright color.

Slip Trailing On Commercial Pottery Or Ceramics

Slip trailing the glaze, squeezing it out of a bottle, also works great as an application.
You can make line drawings and write words easily this way.

Painting Acrylics On Commercial Pottery Or Ceramics

Finally, there is the option of using the acrylic paints.
This option won't work for functional pieces because paint won't hold up to washing and silverware scraping, etc.
For decorative pieces that are going to sit on a shelf, it works pretty well.
I have painted acrylic paint onto a very glossy glaze, but the paint doesn't stick too well and the first coat streaks.
For a solid coverage you need to let it dry then put on a second coat.
I let my first coat dry for a couple weeks and found it was much tougher.
I can scrape it with my fingernail, but it takes effort.
I don't believe that picking up to look at it, dusting it, etc. would damage it.
I have also experimented with roughing up the glaze by using sandpaper and have found that it works very well.
This is another option if you don't have easy access to a kiln.

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