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Painted Ceramics

Customize plain, inexpensive pottery—and make it look absolutely artisanal—with a little ceramic paint and these techniques.

painted pottery ceramics decor

Photography: Addie Juell

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2019


  • Ceramic bowls and vases

  • Newspaper

  • Ceramic paint, in 1 or 2 colors (Pictured: Pēbēo Porcelaine 150 paint, in Ming Blue, Ivory, and Shimmer Pink, $6 for 45 ml,

  • Small containers for decanting paint

  • Fine paintbrush

  • Pencil


  1. Cover work surface with newspaper. Set ceramic item on top. Pour paint into container(s). For splatter pattern, dip brush in paint and wipe on inside of container to remove excess, then flick paint onto item from above. Let dry, then flick on dots in a second color, if desired. For line pattern, draw lines along rim of item in pencil, then paint over them. Let dry 24 hours.

  2. Heat-set paint and make your item washable by baking in oven on a sheet at 300 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.

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