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Ceramic Glazing for Beginners

A course by Paula Casella Biase
Ceramist. Madrid, Spain.
On Domestika since 03/07/2016
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Learn the techniques to decorate and transform basic ceramic objects into unique pieces

  • Best Seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 96% Positive reviews (141)
  • 5840 students
Ceramic Glazing for Beginners

Learn the techniques to decorate and transform basic ceramic objects into unique pieces

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 96% Positive reviews (141)
  • 5840 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 17 Lessons (1h 48m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German
  • Unlimited access forever

Every object is subject to being transformed into another, giving it a new purpose and significance. Do you want to turn an everyday ceramic object into an inspiring piece, full of style? Learn to decorate your ceramic objects with the expertise of Paula Castella –Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art and founder of Bambucito Organic Ceramics–, in this course, she will teach you various decoration techniques and how to glaze in a practical and inspiring way.

You will learn ceramic enameling techniques such as cover glazing, on deck and third fire, with easy-to-use materials at home. This course is complementary to her previous course: Ceramics at home for beginners, where Paula teaches to work with clay from scratch and in your own house.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Enameled under cover
  • U3
    U3. Enameled on deck and third fire
  • U4
    U4. We apply what has been learned. Care of your pieces
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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You will start by getting to know Paula and her artistic career, to when she became a professional potter and started teaching. You will see some of her most representative work to inspire you, as well as her main references and how she supports and promotes the work she admires.

Next, you will discover all the materials you need to decorate your pieces such as enamels in suspension, waxes, pencils, transfer papers, and tiles.
You will learn what it means to glaze under ceramic cover and you will start with the first technique, that of gouache. Then you will learn the technique of bubbles, decoration through transfers, use of waxes and chalk, and the technique of "faults".

You will continue with the glaze on deck and third fire. You will see what both terms mean, the differences between both decorative techniques and the materials you need to carry them out, such as suspended enamels, gold and silver luster, oxides, and fats.

Then you will work with the on-deck technique, playing with vegetable paper and stains on a freshly glazed piece. Then you will learn the technique of the third fire using vitrifiable decals, placing gold and silver luster, and how to decorate with fats.

To finish, you will apply everything learned on a piece you previously created or purchased. Paula will recommend what kind of pieces you can make to make it easier for you to set your imagination free and, also, will tell you how you should store your pieces to ensure they stay intact for many years.

What is this course's project?

You will make a sample of each of the decorative techniques on a tile and then decorate a ceramic piece with one or several of the techniques learned.

Who is it for?

For beginners and anyone who wants to learn to work and glaze clay.

What you need

No previous knowledge is required.

Paula will go through which materials are essential and which are optional. You will be able to start to work on glazes that are apt for a ceramic oven, transfer paper, insulating tape, a sponge, suspended glazes, oxide, and lastly, wax, pencils, and ceramic crayons. You will also need a tile or ceramic piece that you have previously made or bought, and have access to a ceramics oven, commonly known as a kiln.


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Paula Casella Biase

A course by Paula Casella Biase


Paula Casella was born in Argentina and is currently living in Spain. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master’s degree in Education, she has over 15 years of experience in working as a teacher, muralist, and ceramics designer.

A lover of nature and cooking, she unites her two passions in her pottery workshop Bambucito, where she enjoys good food that is served in her own tableware.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will you learn in this course
  • U2

    Enameled under cover

    • Materials needed to glaze
    • We glaze with gouache
    • Decoration using dispensers
    • Have fun with the "Bubbles" technique
    • Decoration by transfers
    • Use of waxes and chalks
    • Technique of "faults"
  • U3

    Enameled on deck and third fire

    • Materials to decorate on deck and in third fire
    • On deck: We play with vegetable paper and stains
    • Third fire: Use of vitrifiable decals
    • Third fire: Luster application
    • Third fire: Decoration with fats
  • U4

    We apply what has been learned. Care of your pieces

    • Final piece
    • Care of parts and application of techniques in functional parts
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Enameled ceramic for beginners

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Ceramic Glazing for Beginners. A Craft course by Paula Casella Biase Best Seller

Ceramic Glazing for Beginners

A course by Paula Casella Biase
Ceramist. Madrid, Spain.
On Domestika since 03/07/2016
  • 96% Positive reviews (141)
  • 5840 students