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Underglaze Painting

Underglaze Painting

Underglaze painting belongs to the most difficult glazing techniques. It requires special knowledge of glaze characteristics and sleight of hand.

There are several ways of execution.

I fire my pots first at approximately 1220° C. Then the chosen picture or pattern is painted on it. Afterwards a transparent glaze is applied with great care so that the picture won’t get blurred.

Then I fire the pots again at 1080° C. Only after the second firing process it shows whether the pot is a success.


Pot No. 010 - size: 12 cm diameter x 12 cm height. 

In the 13th century, in one of the great monasteries of Japan, a monk painter created scrolls with Buddhist or secular topics. Among others, the four scrolls with "Choju-giga" (satirical pictures of animals) are particularly famous. They are kept in the monastery Kozan-ji in the mountains northwest of Kyoto.

The first part, from which the scene on the pot is taken, consists of a series of compositions depicting humorous games of anthropomorphized animals. Monkeys, rabbits and frogs appear up as swimmers, archers, horsemen and wrestlers. The point is that in these games, the weaker one always wins over the stronger.


Since the drawings don't contain any text, there are different ways to interpret these scenes.


Peter Krebs


Here's a Wiki page on these scrolls with more information and additional pictures:



Translation: Stefan Ulrich



Japanese fairytale scenes - Pot Nr. 008 - size 18 cm diameter x 17 cm height



Pot No. 009 - size: 17 cm diameter x 14 cm height


 Koi pattern - 13 cm diameter x 12 cm height

Diameter: 30 cm

Diameter: 40 cm



Replica of an ancient Japanese pot

Pot Nro. 074 - size: 31 cm x 31 cm x 31,5 cm



Replica of an ancient Chinese pot  - Pot No. 073 - size: 34 cm diameter x 26 cm height


Replica of an ancient Chinese pot - Pot No. 075 - size: size: 22 cm x 22 cm x 15 cm


Translation: Heike van Gunst  

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