I got straight to it, taking a few shortcuts with my stencil-cutting methods and level of complexity of design and quickly mixing up a coloured slip with Black Iron Oxide, because that was what I happened to have on hand (and it's cheap). Here's my very first attempt, still wet. Leaf shapes inspired by Tasmanian wet forest trees. This vessel is hand-built (pinched and coiled) and I've scraped the sides to give a slightly facetted surface.
And here's an after-bisque-firing shot. Same iron oxide slip and same technique, different pots though. These ones are wheel thrown. I've still scraped the sides on the taller vessels because I've become rather fond of this facetted look. It adds texture and interest and has the added bonus of disguising flaws! (I'm still learning on the wheel.)
Next step - glaze testing. (Eek! I'm on the bottom of a very steep learning curve when it comes to glazing... Beginners luck please!)