Cold Finishes

     Welcome to the landing page for all things cold finishes!

     First – what IS cold finish as it relates to ceramics?  A cold finish is anything that is NOT glaze/underglaze. Only to be used for sculptural items – yes, jewelry can fall under this category.  It is relegated for sculptural items ONLY because it is NOT food safe. 

     In this reference center section, you’ll find information about artists I’ve discovered who use cold finishes, information about the different kinds of cold finishes, as well as my own personal explorations and experiments into how to use them. In 2018 I was awarded a small grant by the Maine Arts Commission to further my cold finish investigation (thanks MAC!!) When I was first looking at using cold finishes in my sculptural work, I had a really hard time finding information about what to use and HOW to use it. Maybe I’ve been looking in all the wrong places (possible), but as a result of that arduous search, I became determined to create a resource page for all things cold finishes. My hope is that it helps others in their own creative endeavors.

     Do YOU know of a ceramic artist who uses cold finishes that you think I need to add to my list? Or maybe there’s a finish that isn’t listed that you think needs to be included? Or even supplier information for different products…Send me a message and let me know!  

     To access the different types of information – click on the headers below and it will take you to the right page(s).  For cold finish specific articles/explorations, you’ll see a set of tabs with names of all the mediums in my toolbox to explore (i.e. Acrylic Paint, Crayons, et al).  Information and links to related posts will be in the respective tabs.  Happy exploring!

Suppliers (coming soon)

Cold Finish Materials

This tab contains information about using acrylic paint as a cold finish medium.

Golden Fluid Acrylics (Liquitex gesso primer/ModPodge sealant)

This tab contains information about using encaustic paint as a cold finish medium.

This tab contains information about using various house paints as a cold finish medium.

This tab contains information about using oil paint as a cold finish medium.

This tab contains information about using watercolor paint as a cold finish medium.

This tab contains information about using colored pencils as a cold finish medium.

Liqui-Mark Colored Pencils (Liquitex gesso primer/ModPodge sealant)

This tab contains information about using crayons as a cold finish medium.

This tab contains information about using dry pastels (like Pan Pastels) as a cold finish medium.

Pan Pastels (Liquitex gesso primer/ModPodge sealant)

This tab contains information about using various markers as a cold finish medium.

Tombow Markers (Liquitex gesso primer/ModPodge sealant)

This tab contains information about using oil pastels as a cold finish medium.

This tab contains information about using over the counter make up as a cold finish medium.

 

This tab contains information about using various metal leaves (gold, silver, copper, etc) as a cold finish medium.

 

This tab contains information about using various pigment powders as a cold finish medium.

 

This tab contains information about using shoe polish as a cold finish medium.

 

Application Techniques (coming soon)

Under Construction. Check back for updates

5 thoughts on “Cold Finishes

    • shawnabarnes says:

      Also, many of the mediums listed in her email are currently sitting on my shelves, waiting for me to put them to work. But as life goes, I’ve just not been able to get to them yet. Always on that perpetual to do list. Next up – colored pencils and Tombow marker pens.

  1. Jan Bush-Wood says:

    I love the idea of cold finishes. When I click on topics above it doesn’t go anywhere. I have experience with painting and have used many of the products you listed. I just am new to ceramics. How can I get more info?

    • Shawna Barnes says:

      Hey Jan! I am working to grow this resource page all the time. If there’s no link under the topic, it’s because I haven’t yet made a tutorial or blog post about them. As of 28 Jun 2019 – there are posts under Acrylic Paint, Colored Pencils, and Dry Pastels. I will be publishing posts about markers and prismacolor pencils in the next week or so. I created this resource page just for that reason – the HOW to use cold finishes isn’t readily available. I’ve had to spend much of the last 3 years researching.

      One way to stay up to date when I add new posts is to sign up for my newsletter. I will put together a resource list of other links that I have gathered and get that added to this page as well.

      If you click on the “artists” link, it will direct you to some artists who I know that use cold finishes and briefly describe what they use, but it doesn’t break down HOW to use the medium on most pages.

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