From selecting materials to firing the final results, this book guides readers through the techniques of china painting. Each stage is explained and illustrated in detail, with a view to enabling even the beginner to progress with confidence. A series of projects includes full templates to trace, and step-by-step colour artworks, and the objects to be painted range from tiles, trinket boxes and jewellery, to vases, plates and figurines.;There are chapters on understanding and mixing coloured glazes, how to apply the correct brush-strokes, the development and painting of designs, and the use of techniques such as lustres and gilding. The author has included details of the use and application of non-fire ceramic paints, and all the projects can be adapted for completion without the use of a kiln. Kiln firing is explained, and the book ends with a question-and-answer section on possible problems.