The first image is a series of painted plates. I had a lot of bad luck with the kilns this semester. Almost nothing came out like it was supposed to, and I actually had one kiln load misfire twice and finish baking on the third try. The glazes turned out hideous after all of that abuse, as would be expected, so instead of wasting all of the materials and time I put into the ceramic plates that were ruined, I painted them instead. I like the control I can get with traditional materials better than glazes, which are temperamental and devious at best.