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inking crackle

updated wed 5 apr 00


mel jacobson on sun 2 apr 00

i have found that taking the pot from a warm kiln,
then slathering hot sumie ink into the cracks works
the best. the warmer the pot, the bigger the cracks.
if you wait...well it is just all tiny.

you must use gloves, have the ink hot....big cheap

after it cools, then take to the sink, use some cleanser, warm
soapy water.
it just washes away.
looks great on a crackle celedon.
minnetonka, minnesota, u.s.a (website)

Joyce Lee on mon 3 apr 00

Hey, Mel........where do you get sumie ink? AND can one re-heat a
celadon crackled pot months later, apply the sumie ink and get the same
result? I know, I know....try it and see......I will.. once I figure
out the sumie ink part. Thank you.

In the Mojave

Jan Brown Gleason on mon 3 apr 00

Since I have just joined ClayArt after an absence I missed the original
question about about filling in the glaze crackles on a pot. Please be kind
enough to give me a little background on the original subject. Direct email
would be fine.

What types of pots are you coloring the crackle of? Functional or
non-functional? I would assume that it would have to be NON-functional after
reading about the cesspools!! Would these methods that people have submitted
be permanent? Would they withstand a few washings of the pots? Are these
pots fired reduction, oxidation or raku or all of the above?

Thanks for your help. (Jan Brown Gleason)
Expressions Pottery Workshop
Avon, Connecticut

Mike Gordon on tue 4 apr 00

I use Higgens calligraphy ink, air brush ink, and printmakers ink. I
have reheated, sprayed with water and applied a blue ink over a new set
of crackle which was the first time in black ink. Very sutle and
beautiful. Mike Gordon