Photo Transfer Pottery Ceramics Onglaze

Pottery Transfers For A Unique Keepsake


Decals of Photographs or Custom-Made Artwork

If you want a unique decal made from a photograph or your own artwork, we recommend a company called Digital Ceramics.  This company offers a printing service for the ceramic industry and hobbyists.  

Decals (pottery transfers) are a low-fire decorating technique to enhance pottery designs or shapes. The transfers are applied post glazing (e.g. on top of fired glaze).

Digital Ceramics can create pottery transfers from your artwork or photographs by seamlessly turning into high resolution Digital Ceramic Decals.   They offer:

  • Decals up to SRA3 size (43 × 30cm).
  • High resolution imaging (400dpi – 600dpi).
  • NO minimum order value on orders placed via webshop.
  • Easy ordering – send your files using our website shop.
  • Fast turnaround – a speedy 3-5 working days.
  • Choice of calibrated colour sets, and cover-coats to suit all glazes.

The Process

  • You will need digital artwork (we took a photo of a photo - so our quality wasn't brilliant).
  • You need to produce your own artwork and will get a better finish if you have graphic design skills and are able to move unwanted backgrounds or blend dark backgrounds.  Ours was a straight image upload.
  • We experimented with a few designs from the SRA3 sheet we ordered (which was about £25 for the sheet by the time delivery was added). 
  • Order your prints in plenty of time.  Allow at least one working week.
  • The writing and love hearts on our plates was done using underglazes and dimensional underglazes.  We covered our plate in clear glaze and fired as normal.
  • Once the decals arrived, we .........

Instructions For Applying Waterslide Pottery Decals:

You will need a bowl of warm water, scissors, sponge, soft cloth or paper towel.

  1. Ensure the glazed ware item is clean.
  2. Remove protective top film on decal
  3. Cut decal to desired shape or size 
  4. Soak decal in warm water until the transfer film starts to uncurl or "relaxes".  Ensure that the backing paper does not slide off as the adhesive gum (used to stick the decal to the surface of the ware prior to firing) will become less efficient. 
  5. Remove the decal from the water and allow to rest for a few moments.  If the decal slides around on the backing paper then it is ready to transfer.
  6. Work quickly to place the decal in position on the glazed ware piece.  Simply slide the decal off the backing paper onto the glazed ware piece. 
  7. Using a finger on the edge of the decal, hold the decal in place.  Gently remove excess water and bubbles from under the decal using the sponge - work from the centre outwards.
  8. Use the cloth/paper towel to remove surface water.
  9. Allow to dry for 4 to 8 hours before firing. 
  10. Fire item at 100°c-150°c per hour up to a top temperature of about 770°c.

Don't forget, decals looks great with our other on-glaze products like gold and silver which can be fired at the same time as the decal.