I get asked all the time about the process of china painting. I have posted this before on my blog but I'm thinking it would be good to repost. Hope you enjoy it.
Here are some pictures at each stage. Each piece of china is painted and fired in a kiln to a temperature of 1800 degrees multiple times. The paints are a powdered paint pigment that is mixed with various oils.The color must be built up. The paints are actually fired into the glaze making the paints permanent, dishwasher and microwave safe. The technique is the same as used by your grandmother or great grandmother who may have been a china painter.
This piece was inspired by a beautiful antique postcard. If you care to look at more china painting, here's the link to the Porcelain Art/China Painting section of my Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/JYWheeler?section_id=5051128
Third and Final Fire-Finished Product