Betty Gerstner

     Artist in Paradise

Hand Painted Porcelain


Halo Rectangular Vase with Fiberglass

Before applying the halo luster to the vase, I cut a band of fiberglass and then punched out little star shapes in the band. Using Elmer's Glue, mixed with water, I applied the band diagonally to the vase. Then I stuck the little star cutouts in various places on the vase. I fired the vase with fiberglass to cone 06

Halo Lusters are a special type of luster.  They contain a chemical ingredient which causes them to "halo" when applied to the porcelain.  The method I use for this application is to first just paint the halo color on to the piece.  Then, after several seconds (about 30 seconds to a minute) l dip the brush into the halo luster again and just "dot" it into the already applied luster that is on the piece.  This causes the paint to pull away from the center of the "dot", leaving a circular design.  The more luster applied, the looser the circle will be.  And the longer you let the first application dry, the more distinct and smaller the circle will be.  By continuing to "dot", with the loaded brush, into the already applied luster, interesting designs are formed.  For this vase, I used a different halo luster color on the top part of the vase and on the bottom part of the vase, separating the two colors with the band of Fiberglass. I cannot remember what the halo colors were. Even though, in the above photograph, there appear to be two different colors on the lower part of the vase, this is an effect of the lighting in the photograph.

After firing the vase with the halo luster application, I applied Liquid Bright Gold to the Fiberglass, the fiberglass stars, the rim of the vase and penned some little design "squiggles" and cartouches in Liquid Bright Gold.

This vase has been sold

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