Decorating ceramic and porcelain tableware with paint can be traced back to the 9th century in the Orient. Through the trade routes, the painted dishes gained popularity in Europe, and by the 18th century, England had several manufacturers of fine bone china, using the powdered bone to strengthen the pieces and help hold their shapes.
When a piece is originally cast with the pourable slip, the seams from the mold are cleaned off then it is fired the first time. A kiln typically reaches temperatures ranging from 1000-1500 degrees. When fired, the delicate piece turns hard and white and is called bisque at that stage. Next, it’s painted with the underglaze for its base color.
That paint has tiny particles of glass in the pigment that melt during the second firing, causing the slick glass-like finish to bond to the piece.
This is when the artists go to work, decorating plates, cups, teapots, and sugar bowls. That paint is a special concoction called an over-glaze and is brushed on, then the piece is fired for the third time for the finished product.
In AT LIBERTY TO LOVE, book seven in the historical Texas Romance series and my newest novel, the hero, Marcus Ford returns to his childhood home in New Orleans where his parents—long since estranged—once had a fine dishes manufacturing company. As a teen, he’d excelled in the hand painting of the wares.
Never enough to please or receive any accolades from his hard taskmaster of a father though. Then the yellow fever plague (1800s) had stolen the lives of his wife and baby girl, so the town only held bad memories. He’d left vowing never to return.
In my storyline (1865), he needs traveling money and went back, He found the business being run by the old woman who’d once been owned by his family before the war. She offered him the work and wages he needed. And so he went to hand decorating the porcelain dishware and earned his fare…or part of it any way.
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Bio: God directed Caryl McAdoo to the DFW Writers’ Workshop in ’93 where published authors mentored her, and she learned well the craft of writing creative fiction. In April, 2012, Caryl met Mary Sue Seymour at a writers’ conference, and wrote her first historical Christian romance for the agent—whose maiden name was remarkably ‘McAdoo’! Of the meeting, she says, “I knew right away our meeting had a divine purpose, as though God hit us both on the head so we’d pay attention.” The Seymour Agency offered representation in August and sold VOW UNBROKEN in early October to Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.
Caryl, also known as Grami, has sixteen grandsugars now, and she and Ron (O’Pa) have been rearing four of the grandsons for the past thirteen years. She also writes for mid-grade readers and is dedicated to serving God through her writing and praise and worship—He frequently gives her new songs. She believes all good things are from Him and prays that her books will minister His love, mercy, and grace to all of her readers, young and old. She lives in Clarksville, Red River County’s seat, in the far northeast corner of the Lone Star State with Ron and the two grandsons still home…the older two are off to college.