Soap dishes decorated with doilies

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These are slabs of white clay, we added texture with doilies, pressing them on the clay slab, then we put the slab in a small dish to give it the curved shape (it’s possible also to dry it with a hairdryer). When it is dry you have to fire them in the kiln and then you can paint the doilies impression with colour for ceramic (these are coloured clay called Engobe, we paint the ceramic after the first cooking in kiln). You paint the surface with engobe that is like a gouache colour, then you can wipe the surface with a sponge  so the engobe remained in the furrows of decoration and then you can add different colours. At the end you must glaze with transparent glaze and cook again in the kiln. You could even use directly colored glazes.


Sentences in complementary colors

Art reinterpreted: the city of Giotto


14 thoughts on “Soap dishes decorated with doilies”

    • Hi Beck Eaton! I used cotton doileys, handmade by my mum with an ancient italian technique (it is “uncinetto”… I can’t do it!). These are beautiful and the effect on the clay is so realistic!

  1. Can this project be completed in 5 days. We were thinking of adding this to our summer camp offerings, but we were not sure if the creation and firing process could be accomplished in one week, by middle school children.

    • Hi Lynda
      It depend on the weather, if there are sunny days the clay could dry very fast. The dishes are quite thin and if you have a dry environment in two-three days could be possible do dry them completely. Is a bit risky if you are not sure about the weather… You also need to fire the dishes two time if you would like to add the glaze. How many children do you have? Because you can also use a hair-drier to make the clay drier and harder.
      Let me know if you can do it 🙂


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