Ceramic Painting Instructions

Bring out your inner artiste and design and decorate a beautiful ceramics with one of our hands-on ceramic painting projects!

On this page you'll find some basic essential painting tips and tricks and how to get the most out of your Ceramic Painting Pack.

We’ll show you different techniques and styles so you can create a truly unique ceramic project that best reflects your own individual artistic flare!

Once completed, your painted ceramic piece will need to be finished with a clear glaze and fired in a kiln, making it stronger and functional.

There are a range of options for firing your work:
• Use our firing services if you're in Sydney Metro area.
• Find a local firing services 

*We offer free glazing and firing service for our online students.

Please contact us for more information

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1. Start with washing your bisqueware.
This removes any clay dust from the bisque fire.
Clay dust may prevent the ceramic paint from firing correctly.
2. We've provided you with a range of colours. Feel free to mix them, however keep in mind there is no guarantee that the colour will come out as intended.
This tile indicates how multiple layers of brushed on colour glaze defines the intensity of your finish.


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3. The same applies for sponged on colour glaze, multiple coats/layers defines the intensity of your finish. We recommend 3 coats of colour to achieve a solid finish.
4. This tile indicates how your colour glaze will change once glaze fired.
The finish will become glass like and the colour is intensified.
The top of the squares are unfired glazes and the bottom half indicates the fired finish.


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5. Apply 2-3 coats of your background or base colour using either a sponge or square brush. 
Any uncoloured surfaces will fire the colour of the ceramic.
6. Each coat of colour needs to be dry before applying the next. A hair dryer can be used speed up this process.


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7. Masking can be used to define lines, where you don't want your paint to go.
8. There is no limitation to how many different layers can be applied. Keep in mind, for a solid finish (especially) when using light colours in the foreground) you'll need to apply 2-3 coats.


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9. A square brush is ideal for achieving straight lines and painting larger surface areas. For a solid finish apply 2-3 coats.
10. A smaller brush is ideal for more detailed finishes. Small details can be achieved utilising the transparency of the paints and applying 1-2 coats and allowing the under colour to show through.


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11. A lead pencil can be used to softly mark out your design.
Lead will burn out in the kiln, so won't be visible once your work is fired.
12. A bamboo skewer can be used to scratch away the ceramic paint. This is ideal for small details illustration and lettering.

⚠️ IMPORTANT:  Ceramic Painting projects require kiln firing to complete.

Please feel free to contact us if you'd like help in finding your local firing service.


Once completed, your painted ceramic piece will need to be glazed and fired in a kiln, making it stronger and functional.
This process makes your ceramic stronger, functional and usable.

A Maker’s Loft staff member will contact you when your work or your group’s work is ready for collection.

With glazing and/or firing ceramics many factors are out of our control.


While all care is taken handling your work MAKER’S LOFT is not responsible for any breakages or glaze and underglaze mishaps.

Ceramics is a very volatile medium and sometimes the unexpected occurs.

Although we take extra precaution to make sure your work fires safely, accidents do happen and we are unable to make any guarantees in regards to final results. 

Wether you’ve completed a pottery or a ceramic painting project, we always aim to provide our students with as much information as possible in order to help you create the artwork you’re hoping for.

However, please be aware that from time to time during a class information could be missed or misunderstood and as a result your outcome may differ from what you hoped. 

PLEASE NOTE: The management and staff reserve the right to refuse pieces for firing that are deemed unsuitable for firing or inappropriate.