Creating Handprints In Ceramic

Here is a behind the scene run down on the process of creating handprints. After I have received prints from customer. I transfer from mold , dry clay completely, clean it and wait for build up of enough  green ware pieces to fill a kiln. Now we are ready to load kiln for the first firing called a Bisque firing. Kiln is fired up to 1800 degrees F, to harden. All water has to be absorbed before a bisque fire or a piece will explode in kiln. The bisque fire allows clay to be porous enough for it to take the glaze paint and leave the glassy materials in the glaze left on top surface.  Kiln firing takes approximately 48 to finish before opening kiln.

Bisque Fired


Here I am painting the glaze on plaque. What is tricky about this is the color does not appear as the same color and will change while in the kiln. Look at the one hand that looks brown. What color do you think it will be? The Glaze is a mixture of ground glass, clay, coloring materials, and water.


 The glaze firing process takes 24 hrs. . After the glaze firing has reached full temperature it begins to cool down and finally time to unload. Did you guess green?




Sibling handprint plaque makes a wonderful gift for family members and a cherished memory of your little ones to hold on to forever. A keepsake of your three children is a gift any mom would love! This listing is for three hands only. Handprints can be painted or solid glazed painted plaque. www.thebabyhandprintco.etsy.com

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