Friday, July 24, 2009

No. 92. Daddy's Glazed Jug with Clementines

A few years ago, we brought our eldest daughter to Pompeii Paints in Stillorgan's Leisureplex for her ninth birthday. Anybody can go in and glaze any of their products and have it fired properly. It's a great outlet for creativity and very enjoyable, too. Our little one glazed this jug and wrote 'Daddy' on it, which is so sweet. I'll bring it out and wave it at her when she's a rebellious teenager!

I did this as a demonstration study for my students, one of whom had asked me about the technique of glazing. Essentially, the entire composition is worked out and painted tonally in grey before being tinted with transparent 'glazes' of oil colour. It's a very safe way of painting because any drawing or tonal errors can be corrected before colouring. All that glazing and no firing -it's even simpler than ceramics. Well done Daddy.

Oils on 5" x 7" gessoed panel. Costs €190 including frame [postage, packing included for customers in Ireland]

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