How to paint ceramic teapots

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How to paint ceramic teapots
Dress up a plain teapot with a painted pattern. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

If you have a ceramic teapot that is more functional than decorative, spruce it up with a little paint. Painting glazed ceramic requires some special paints and techniques to ensure that the paint forms a strong bond with the smooth and slick ceramic surface, but the process is not difficult. Even a novice painter can create a pretty painted teapot that should hold up to regular use and washing.

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Things you need

  • Soapy water
  • Clean water
  • Towel
  • Water-based ceramic paints
  • Artist's paintbrush
  • Oven
  • Baking tray
  • Potholders

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  1. 1

    Clean the teapot in hot, soapy water to remove any dirt or grease from the surface. Rinse and dry the teapot when it is clean.

  2. 2

    Paint the outside of the teapot with water-based ceramic paints and an artist's paintbrush. Paint the teapot one solid colour or use several shades of paint to create a design.

  3. 3

    Wait at least 24 hours to give the paint plenty of time to dry.

  4. 4

    Preheat your oven to 93.3 degrees C.

  5. 5

    Place your painted teapot on a baking tray and slide it into the preheated oven.

  6. 6

    Reduce the oven temperature to 65.6 degrees C and bake the teapot for approximately 50 minutes.

  7. 7

    Remove the teapot from the oven using potholders and turn off the oven. Do not use the teapot until it is cool.

Tips and warnings

  • Hand wash your painted ceramic teapot to avoid damaging the paint.

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