from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Coloring or decoration applied to pottery before glazing.

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  • n. A decorative slip applied to the surface of pottery before glazing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Applied under the glaze, that is, before the glaze is put on; fitted to be so applied; -- said of colors in porcelain painting.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In ceramics, having the properties that adapt it for painting on the body before the glaze is applied: said of a vitrifiable pigment: as, an underglaze color.


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under- +‎ glaze


  • Colored engobes can also be termed underglaze colors.

    12. Developing glazes

  • Doucai is a porcelain that combines a blue-and-white underglaze with an overglaze decoration.

    Treasures in the Royal Attic

  • Look at that unctuous underglaze in the palest, almost imperceptible blue, not too glassy, not too dull, and fired with absolute evenness and consistency.

    Sir Percival David at the British Museum

  • When I was in Japan, I used to do cobalt underglaze on porcelain more than anything else.

    Kater’s Art » 2008 » December

  • A common decorative technique for clay bodies, associated especially with faience and similar soft-paste earthenwares was underglaze painting.

    The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe

  • In addition, the high heat needed to form a good covering glaze limited underglaze colors to those that could withstand extreme temperatures.

    The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe

  • The resulting glass was broken up and ground again — at this point it could be used as an underglaze, painted directly on the ceramic form. 4 reference To adapt this formula to painting on a glaze as here, the zaffer would be dissolved in aqua fortis, washed, and then combined with an equal portion of fondant.

    The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe

  • Composite body, underglaze painted on white slip, transparent glaze

    'The Louvre and the Masterpiece'

  • The techniques of enameling on the biscuit, of composite monochrome glazing, of application of underglaze blue in powder form, and of decoration overglaze in transparent famille verte enamels were perfected.


  • In the late Ming, decoration in overglaze enamels, often in combination with underglaze blue, was used to startling effect, especially in urban areas.

    2. China, 1522-1796


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