Painting Ceramics Work at Home

It can be an enjoyable hobby to paint. But when you paint on ready-made ceramics, you can even make some money out of it.

Would you like to purchase figurines and pots as well as decorate and paint them at home? We can give you ideas on starting painting ceramics work at home.

Ceramic painting is easy to do. You don’t need special machines or equipment to finish a project. All you need to do is purchase ready-made ceramics at affordable prices and paint them at home. The critical things you need are space for your work and a lot of imagination.

Painting Ceramics Work at Home Guide

When starting your painting ceramics, you need to select the paints suitable for this kind of project. Take note that ceramics might be a little difficult to paint on since it has a glossy, shiny surface most of the time. If you don’t select a paint specifically made for this, it will lead to premature peeling and chipping. Here are some tips to consider when working at home:

  • Understand the project parameters well. Get to know if you will use water based or oil based paint.
  • Consider the effects of glaze and color. You must realize that the paint you selected may not appear the same when you paint it on the ceramic especiallly if you’re painting over glazed surface. Never inhale these paints closely to avoid harmful odors or fumes.

Painting Ceramics Work at Home Plan

On a ceramic piece, remember that you don’t need to paint intricately in many colors. Sometimes, a solid color would be enough. For complex designs, however, use different brushes for each color and also clean the brushes you used to prevent them getting stiff. Here are the steps to paint ceramics:

  • Remove any debris or dirt from the ceramic piece. You can do this by sponging the pieces and then allowing them to dry.
  • It’s best to apply solid color to large areas of the piece first. Remember to select an appropriately-sized clean brush before you begin painting.
  • Then, hold the piece only through the uncolored areas when turning it around. Try to stick to minimal color usage – if you made a mistake, you can paint the area again if you’re using acrylic paints (just wait for it to dry before repainting).
  • Use a very small brush if you’re filling in little details such as lips and eyes. You can make the pupils by creating small dark circles and putting a smaller white circle near the pupil’s top.
  • It’s best to paint a solid color to the iris and then add several narrow dark lines if you want to create a natural human eye effect.
  • Spray a clear glaze to your dried piece to preserve it.

28 Comments

  • Kenny said on April 3, 2010
    can you please send me more details on ceramic painting, where can I get figurines and pots. Thanks.
  • Tanya Coleman said on May 4, 2010
    We live in Anniston Alabama. Need a Ceramics painting work from home
  • Nandhini said on August 26, 2010
    Hi, Myself Nandhini from Chennai. I do lot of reverse glass paintings and it look very much professional. I am actually finding out a place where i can sell them. Kindly help me to sell my paintings. An interior decorators or arts and crafts shop can buy my products. Kindly help me sell the same.
  • Eds said on September 8, 2010
    Is there a company here in the philippines that pay to paint a ceramics at home? please send me details. thanks!
  • nikki said on September 11, 2010
    hi i m looking forward for ceramics painting... and interested doing it... i m from noida , up. plz help me. waiting for ur rply
  • May Ann said on August 10, 2011
    thank you for all your tips for ceramics painting. i'm so interested but i dont know how to buy a glass & ceramics paint here in Philippines. thank you.
  • Don said on October 14, 2011
    i've been painting ceramics for 20 years, i would love to do this at home for money. please send me info on how to do this. thank you
  • Jagatheesan said on November 29, 2011
    HI, I want to do ceramic painting as hobby. Can suggest the shop in Chennai, where I can get the ceramic paint. Which is the suitable paint to paint on ceramics? Is Acrylic paints suitable? Please inform me. thanking with regards. Jagatheesan
  • nolijohn said on December 10, 2011
    hi... can anyone suggest where to buy ceramic paint here in the philippines.. thank you.
  • rhonda said on January 11, 2012
    AVONDALE COLORADO 81022 USA. Hello , my name is Rhonda, I have been painting ceramics for some time and would like to open a shop to paint and sell my product. i am in a rural area so need help in advertising .
  • ANUP MITRA said on July 18, 2012
    MY BUSINESS LOCATION IS BAGUIATI KOLKATA-59.I AM AN ARTIST SO I AM VERY MUCH INTERESTED FOR THIS JOB. SO PLEASE SEND ME MORE DETAILS AND YOURS CONTACT NO OR ADDRESS.
  • archana jain said on July 5, 2013
    i am from durg[c.g]INDIA. i run a fine art institute so interested in ceramic painting. pls send me more details abt this job
  • J.Karunakaran said on July 8, 2013
    I worked in ceramic industry and staying at Chennai, Tamil Nadu India. I like to know more detail on various types of ceramic painting and this business opportunity.
  • Jody said on January 25, 2014
    I would be working out of Ogden, Utah.
  • Rajithareddy said on March 2, 2014
    I am an artist . Do paintings like watercolor painting and sketching.pls help me what colours are used for ceramic painting.i am new to it pls guide me .in my free time I want to work and where to sell it . Does is it a good income source for me or else any other painting .only 3 to4 hours not more than that.i am from india(Secunderabad).
  • Thea Williams said on March 20, 2014
    I've been painting for years on everything. Painting is my passion and I would absolutely love painting ceramics. I live in Carteret, NJ plz send me more information on how to purchase and paint ceramics in my home. Thank You
  • jheeni jain said on November 12, 2014
    Is there a company here in India that pay to paint a ceramics at home? please send me details. thanks!
  • Jackie jones said on December 17, 2014
    Hi I'm very interested in this, I used to paint ceramics years ago. But the shop and evening. Classes stopped and don't know where else does the moulds and the paints but I would also need a kiln to use. Please let me know in detail, I love the croydon area, south London many thanks. Kind regards Jackie
  • Dawn said on March 19, 2015
    I live in Edmonton, AB Canada, is there a company here that pays to paint ceramics at home, if so, could you please send me the information, Thank you in advance, Sincerely Dawn
  • berni steele said on June 23, 2015
    Yes I'm very interested please send me some information on this
  • Teresa said on July 8, 2015
    West Covina, CA
  • Myrna Avalos said on July 30, 2015
    I'm very interested in this Job can i please get information on this Carrollton,Tx
  • Aalia sk said on October 25, 2016
    I m interested in this job as my hobby and passion is painting . Please provide more details on this
  • Jenniffer Dixon said on November 9, 2016
    Interested, I live in Elizabethtown Kentucky.
  • Tanya Allen said on April 17, 2017
    I would be very interested in ceramic painting from home, I live in the UK. Would welcome some more information on it. Thank you.
  • Tonya Torrence said on May 12, 2017
    I would like more info on this!
  • Tina Whitt said on November 30, 2017
    I would very much like a job painting ceramics from home. In the past I painted figurines from home and enjoyed it very much. Sincerely, Tina Whitt
  • Deb Setzer said on September 2, 2018
    I'm very interested in painting ceramics at home for extra income as painting is my hobby. Please send me info I'm in NC. Thank you Deb

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