Dutch Ceramics

Decorate Ceramic Vase’s Using These Design Techniques

From over glazes to luster’s, decorating ceramic pottery is the most artistic and creative thing you can do with clay. You add vibrant colors, shiny glazes and of course your creativity to beautify the bare piece. While anyone can be the master of this pot-art, getting adroit in using right method of designing a ceramic vase can make you a pro.

So, be it your royal goedwaagenblue delft or a large ceramic vase, know these vase decorations techniques, get your *tools handy and dress-up your plane ceramic vase to revamp your place.

Finger Swiping Technique:

The relationship between clay and hands are the base of any ceramic pot. When a potter puts his hands in designing, the natural slip and shape that come out is inescapable and magical. To create the magic, they simply drag fingers through wet clay and make a random, yet natural design form fine-grained soil.

While some designs are easy to achieve, some complex ones requires slickness of conceptual art and proper technique to match the style.Pots having finger swipe marks look beautiful and add an intimate touch to your place.


As the name suggests; brushing is a technique that involves the coating of clay and water onto the ceramic vases. Depending upon the size of brush and the length of hairs, one can design fine or broad line pattern on ceramics to witness myriad of noticeable effects. Their long, curved stalks and breadth of brush bring-on expressive gestures on the pot.

Faceting or Fluting:

“Facets add interest in any plain and simple pot.”

It’s a process of cutting strips of clay using tools like knife, razor or wire to beautify the piece. To do faceting, keep the pot on medium to low stage and carry the process on wet or dried leather-hard clay.  Make sure to grip the knife blade from both ends to ensure smooth movements to cut the first facet.

Once done, rotate the pot at different angles to get different facets each time. Faceting will create surface décor as well as add interest to the plan piece.

You can also use fluting, the process of putting long and deep cuts using wire or curved blade, on vases to imprint beautiful designs. Unlike faceting, fluted cuts are recessed into the pots and are usually concave.


Combing is a process used to add parallel or vertical line patterns on the pot’s surface.It is achieved either by dragging the comb through the clay or by wiping the wet clay to add rough look onto the pot. Combing on vases, to create geometric patterns has been in the rage for so long. It is the most popular and stylish design that potter’s use on large ceramic vases.


Impressing or stamping or, embossing is a technique where an object or tool is used to do designing on the clay. Stamping usually takes place when the clay comes to the leather-hard position.

Vase impression is one of the most important and popularly used forms of decoration that most potters use. You can witness impressing on many pots, vases as well as on many royal goedewaagen blue delft ceramic glasses.


Similar to impressing, paddling use wooden boards or different paddles to imprint pattern on ceramic vases. Large surfaces like dutch ceramics mostly use paddle technique than the small and individual surfaces like stamps and trays. Paddling looks fascinating in blue and ceramic white items which are used to produce glaze on the pots.

While paddling, the pot should be held firmly to make beautiful and geometric patterns. With a glaze pools and edges, creating decorative designs on the pot is what traditional paddling involves.


The process of cutting the upper layer of the ceramic to crave a pot in incised pattern is called sgraffito. Unlike combing and brushing, which needs impressing on wet surfaces, the sgraffito involves decoration on the rough and hard surface. Many potters are using this technique in ceramics to add a dash of modernization onto the pots. They are unique, timeless and, give a dynamic and beautiful look when inscribed on the surface.

Wax Resist Technique:

Wax resist technique relies on wax’s capacity and insolubility to repel water-based glazes and slips. To use this technique, a motif is created on the item’s surface and glaze is attached to it. Once the pot dries, clay underneath it will automatically come-out.Apart from Wax, potters also use peel-able layers of latex to get the similar effect on the object.

So, above mentioned were some of the ceramic decorations that you can use add a jazz in your plane room. Although it can be little tricky for untrained eyes to learn these techniques, artistic folks will found it fascinating.

*Tip: You perhaps need a potter wheel or clay.

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