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Ink types
Colour Range
Decoration methods
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Introduction to ceramics

When the initial ceramic compound is poured into a mould and sets, it forms greenware [ceramics at its initial stage]. When the greenware is fired, it forms bisqueware, a more solid and workable ceramic surface [greenware is very fragile]. It is the bisqueware stage where most ceramic designs are applied.

When the design is finished and a glaze coat applied, the item is fired in a kiln to seal the underglaze colours. From this stage only onglaze inks may be used to further decorate the ceramic piece [underglaze colours will not adhere to the glazed surface].

Ink Types

There are numerous ink types that can be applied to ceramics, the following is a brief description of the 5 most common types and their applications.

Kera Underglaze Printing Ink
The Kera Underglaze Printing Ink is specially formulated to be either screen printed directly onto a flat ceramic surface i.e. tiles, plus Transfer Printed onto curved surfaces - both greenware & bisqueware.


Click for larger pictureWhat's the benefit of the Kera Underglaze Printing Ink?
Simple, no other Ceramic ink has been developed to provide the versatility required for screen printing and transferring of designs from a secondary surface [transfer paper]. The ink can also be screen printed directly onto flat surfaces. Normal underglaze inks are developed for brushing and will dry in the screen & on the transfer paper.
Kera Onglaze Printing Ink
Once an item has been glazed and fired, only an onglaze ink may be applied to further decorate the item. Kera Onglaze Printing Ink may be directly screen printed onto a glazed flat surface i.e. glazed tiles. Details - click here . .
FastBright Low Firing Onglaze & Glass Ink
A newly developed ink for low firing applications onto onglaze materials and glass. Details - click here . .
Brushing colours
Underglaze colours formulated for brushing/ painting a design onto ceramics at the GREENWARE or BISQUEWARE stage. Once a design has been screen printed or Transfer Printed, brushing colours may be applied to complete the design.
Explained simply, an engobe is a very opaque base coat used for changing the background colour and blocking out any surface faults of the piece. Ideal for covering large areas, the engobe is actually of a high quality and concentration, and is cheaper than underglazes only because of the types of materials used. When covering over a mistake/ unwanted design three or four coats may need to be applied due to the opaque nature.

Colour Range

  KERA Underglaze KERA Onglaze
Code: UGPR1
Code: OGPR1
Code: UGPR5
Code: OGPR5
Canary Yellow
Code: UGPR9
Canary Yellow
Code: OGPR9
Code: UGPR16
Code: OGPR16
Blue Lagoon
Code: UGPR33
Blue Lagoon
Code: OGPR33
Verdant Green
Code: UGPR54
Verdant Green
Code: OGPR54
Emerald Green
Code: UGPR100
Emerald Green
Code: OGPR100
Bright Red
Code: UGPR132
Bright Red
Code: OGPR132
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Decoration Methods

a) Direct Screen Printing - Laying a RISO ScreenMaster screen printing screen directly on top of the item to be printed and the ceramic medium [Underglaze or Onglaze] screened through the screen onto the item below.

b) Transfer Printing - Laying a RISO ScreenMaster screen printing screen over Transfer Paper and screen printing the Kera Underglaze Printing medium through the screen onto the paper below. This wet design is then ‘transferred’ from the Transfer Paper onto the ceramic piece [flat or curved]. Refer to separate Transfer Printing Instructions.

The unique ink development by Ceramic Glazes of Australia and the simplicity of the NEHOC printing system, enable anyone to achieve professional results without the professional costs, or any experience in screen printing.

Ceramic types & firing temperatures

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