Thursday, November 17, 2016

Pot & Vase

I made the little pot as a sort of "proof of concept" using the Jo Sonja range of acrylic paints, these are the irridescent ones, I was inspired to try these by Dalboy (Derek) from the UK Workshop forum who used them to exceptional effect on a bowl.
The vase which is made from oak was used as a demo piece to show dissimilar colouring and shellac application techniques for the south west wales woodturners club in October.


  1. Kim, you have some very nice work here. I've been making mainly undecorated bowls for a very long time. You can see them at

    I'm just taking more interest in colour effects. I've tried Chestnut dyes on some rippled ash and liked the result. And I've seen the Jo Sonja products being used at a demo.

    You used them on oak, which can be quite coarse in the grain. Do you prefer that, or fine grained species for colouring? And what part does the shellac play?


    1. Hi Terry, tanks for your comment :)

      The type of wood I use pretty much depends on two factors, A: What is available in the right size for the project

      B: what kind of effect am I hoping for.

      With the Oak vase I wanted to have a muted, almost metallic look, so I used a warm coloured wood with a cold colour stain. I also like the way the silver grain can work with Oak when it's coloured. If you trawl back a few pages there is a small Oak vase that shows it off quite well.

      The shellac is an optional finish, I either use that or spray lacquer, depending on a variety of parameters. Shellac is perhaps the safer to apply finish, though it can cause some movement of colour, it is less prone to runs and bloom than spray finish, plus I find it is a little more flexible in the later years, lacquers can tend to craze a bit.

      Fine grained woods take the colour in a different manner, and often a feature of some sort is needed to make the colouring effective beyond the basic novelty of colour. The lack of the more open pores in a coarse grained wood like Oak or Ash means that there is little to create a visual contrast or interest if the wood is clean and unmarked.

      Hope this helps! :)

      Some nice bowls on your site too, the spalted Hornbeam is striking.