Sadly, I accidentally deleted all the photos I took in week 3 (including everything I had taken in the last two years!), so have nothing to show you. However, basically, in that week we learned about using ‘slip‘ to decorate the slab pots we had made. Slip is a essentially a mixture of water and clay, and generally coloured. You can dip your pot in slip, paint slip on your pot, do trailing or painting with it. There are many and varied ways slip can be applied to a pot. So, my photos would just have been of my slab pot freshly painted with dip. Alas, gone…so moving on.
The class aim was to use slip to cover our pots with slip so that a week later when the slip had dried, it could be scraped off using the Sgraffito method to create a pattern or design. Though Tamar did also show us some other methods of decorating, including stenciling. As I had done some quick thumbnail sketches of what I wanted to do, I used them as a basis for my design. I decided to go for simple linear design incorporating leaves and acorns. My tool for this…a cocktail stick, as whatever is pointy and sharp works best.
Another decorative method we learned was using slip to print. We rolled out some buff clay into a tile shape. Then took different coloured slips and painted onto thick paper (I roughed out a design), or you could paint onto a wallpaper design. So, you paint a design, then another on top, and another, building layers, so that what is at the bottom, would show on top once printed…not sure if that makes sense, but the photos should explain.
When the slip had dried to a certain degree, we sprayed the back of the paper, pressed the paper down onto the clay tile, and then either with a bevel or rolling pin, rolled out the paper and then gently pulled away to reveal that the slip design had printed onto the paper as you can see from the images.
I am not sure that mine printed out that well, but it was a good experiment. Some of the other students then used their tiles to apply to plate and bowl molds, I elected to leave mine as a tile. Tamar assured me it will look better once fired and glazed!!
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