Just read what Jackie Gasson has to say:
"At Last Bright Stoneware Colours"
Several years ago, potters began asking for
lighter, brighter colours. Gone were the browns, they wanted colour in their
lives & pots. But the problem was that "Pastels Only" was the norm
and even they were limited to earthenware temperatures. There was no such thing
as Orange, Red, Pink or Lime Green at stoneware temperatures. Then Walker Ceramics sent me a range of
their new Design Colour Concentrates for my evaluation. I wanted long, flowing
strokes, without losing colour, good absorbency on bisque & colour that
doesn't rub off. Was I asking too much? NO! I started testing & found they all fired
to 1300 without fading. Brush strokes were silky, fluid & long. I was able
to develop tonal changes just by more or less pressure on the brush & best
of all I could extend the concentrate without loss of colour. Colours don't rub
off, resulting in ease of glazing; glazes are smooth & mature with no
crawling. The lack of clay in the colour makes them very suitable for majolica.
Specialist glazes are available to suit your clay & temperature range.
Altogether I feel most excited about these
colours. Design Colour Concentrates are the answer to many potters, including
me, wanting versatility & brilliance of earthenware & stoneware colours.
Walker Ceramics Design Colours are like "poster paint" for clay.
You can decorate with confidence as all colours reflect the final fired colour,
except for FK21 Cobalt Sea , which appears mauve in the bottle but actually fire
a deep, vibrant blue.
This means that you can use our creativity & decorate your work trusting
Design Colours are easy to use and are suitable for greenware & bisqueware.
They are suitable for all skill levels and techniques even majolica; they bring
clay to life!
The colours are smooth flowing and can be extended using our Flux Extender for
Designs can can drawn on the clay surface before painting, using either a
soft lead pencil, e.g. 6B, or using carbon transfer paper.
Shake bottle well before use. Use colours directly from the bottle, applying
2 to 3 coats for a solid colour or 1 coat for translucent colour. The lines will
burn out during firing.
Remember to trust your eye as the unfired colours are a subdued version of
the final colour, except for FK21 Cobalt Sea , which appears mauve in the bottle
but actually fire a deep, vibrant blue..
Allow the work to dry and then apply your clear glaze- only one firing is
Design Colours can be fired between 1000°C and 1300°C: they will remain
vibrant & will not burn out.
HEALTH & SAFETY
Design Colours are a highly refined underglaze and are completely lead free
and non-toxic. They comply with ASTM666. They are water based and non flammable,
except for the container itself. Your work will be food safe after glazing and
firing. When scratching or sanding back dry surfaces it is recommended that the
normal dust protection precautions are taken.