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Baleia Blu Ceramics

Handmade by Adette Contreras in Brooklyn, NY. Inspired by a big blue whale and our little blue planet.


Experimenting w/ Painting Underglaze

Experimenting w/ Painting Underglaze

Scheming a project for the Philippines, so I experimented today: painting baybayin with underglaze. 

Baybayin is the ancient script of the Philippines, before the Spaniards came and wiped out the written language. This is what the Filipino alphabet looked like, and its roots can be traced back to Sanskrit. It's old.

The system is actually really easy to learn if you know how to speak Tagalog, since each character is a syllable (e.g., bah, kah, dah, gah, etc.), and the diacritics either above or below the character will augment the vowel sound from default "ah" to either "eh/ee" (when the diacritic is above) or "oh/oo" (when the diacritic is below). Easy. I learned it one afternoon in college while I was bored during my internship (i.e., cold-calling) at Smith Barney. (Glad I figured out early on that Finance was not going to be my path.)

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Yes, scheming a project for the Philippines. So far, too early to discuss, but it's brewing. Will continue to develop the idea and the look, depending on how this underglaze technique works out.

Also experimenting with these new round bottoms. Hehe. Round bottoms. Liking how pleasant the shape is, and the working signature pattern of Baleine Bleue is also working out so far. Above, you'll see a couple of pieces with the underglaze brushed on. Hoping that I've compressed enough and that these bad boys will be crack-free from the first (and second...) firings.

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