And they're out of the kiln. Overall, I'm still very pleased with the
potential of these new lowfire test tiles. I've got to be careful not to
overdo the layering or they start to get a little muddy looking though.
They look a little jumbled shown all together like this - seems better to process them individually.
We'll, gotta run. We're off to the Bray Bash
In addition to experimenting with new sculptural forms
and attempting to make plates and cups
, I've also been working on glazes and surface. (Yes, it's been quite a month!)
So, I started by adding texture to slabs with various found objects and then cut them into 4" and 6" square tiles.
Then, I covered the whole surface with 3 layers of terra sigillata. (Whoops forgot to snap a photo here.)
came brushing on underglazes and colored slips before
scratching/drawing into the surface with needle tool. After the drawing
was done, I went back over a few areas with some slip trailing. Here
they are pre-bisque firing...
Here's some post-bisque firing...
the bisque fire, I layered several of my current sculptural glazes,
brushing them on with a more painterly approach. Pre-cone 04 glaze
After firing to cone 04...
Still haven't figured out how I will incorporate this surface into my sculptural work, but that will come with time and more experimenting. Here's a little piece I made to see how the surface would wrap around a 3D form.
A few years ago I started incorporating clay slip trailing into my work
and have been having lots of fun with it. Here's the recipe for you to
Pete Pinell's White Slip
10 Nepheline Syenite
+10 Frit 3124
can also add a few drops of sodium silicate - a deflocculant that helps
reduce viscosity and makes the slip easier to apply with a slip
There are a variety of slip trailing bottles out there
in many shapes and sizes. You'll want to experiment with a few until you
find the style that you enjoy most. Some things to think about 1) the
size of the tip opening can have an effect on line thickness it creates
2) how hard is the plastic? You're could be squeezing for awhile, so you
want a bottle that's softer and easier to work with. 3) how much slip
do you want it to hold?
has a great post here
on how to construct your very own slip trailer.
drawing a practice line first to check thickness and to make sure the
bottle isn't clogged. A sewing needle can be used to unclog the tip if
and draw away! It's a lot like decorating a cake. I like to wait until
the clay is leather hard because the clay forms are easier to hold and
work with at this stage.
A sample of slip stippling.
A group of unfired, slip decorated Minis.
A few glaze fired sample of how glazes will "break" and pool over the slip giving the surface added depth and dimension.
More glaze fired samples.
anyone's interested, I'd be happy to share the above 2 recipes. Just
let me know. Hope you're able to do something creative today!
Enjoy! I'm off to the studio!
PS - More on the materials and process I use can be found here