Monday, July 5, 2010
Slip Sliding Away
Thought I'd try something different with slip since I've made quite a few slip decorated plates, platters and bowls lately. I'm working with terra cotta cone 6 clay from Laguna now; ran out of the stoneware I was trying. Quite a bit of grog in this clay. I'm wondering how a clear glaze will do? I hope, like Judy, that it isn't cloudy. This vase has a nice texture, like bark with growth rings, which may be difficult to see in the photo.
I often wonder how I can make a piece appear loose without it looking like it's thrown together. I added a little texture, slip and sprigs and wrapped the piece together and when attaching the bottom I flicked some of the bottom clay onto the sides and left it there. Gary said it looked like a tree.
Here's a 'fun' platter with lots of texture and slipped letters. I've always wanted to use lettering on a piece. The letters are a bit hard to see, maybe that's OK. The paper is holding up the lip till it stiffens a bit.
I added some criss crosses in slip randomly on the dragonfly platter, but it was just too much so I rubbed it off. Sometimes it isn't easy to know when to add and when not to add more patterning on pieces. Comments and suggestions are welcome.