Sunday, February 20, 2011
Very soon I'll run out of this black clay. Even though it comes from the West coast, I'm going to have to find a way to spring for the shipping to get more.
One of the reasons I like working with this clay is because of the high contrast. Since I only have about ten pounds left I thought I'd make some wall tiles emphasizing contrast. these wall tiles are about six inches square. Right now the clay is a dark brown, but when it fires it will turn an ebony black.
At the last minute I decided to poise the pink flower up above the black clay tile, rather than adhering it flat to the surface like the daisy. Here's a side view. The pea pods also extend out half an inch but the bottom of the pod is flat on the tile. I can't wait to see how these will look hung on a wall.
I'd like to try more of these more three dimensional type tiles. I thought about making the pieces more intricate and detailed, but I tend toward a more simplistic style. If you know me, you know I'll be putting some geometric shapes on these tiles too. I'm also making high contrast pendants with the leftover pieces of clay. That way I use every bit of my precious black clay.
This afternoon we're going to a Daytona 500 party. Hey Nascar's a Southern thing. Drink a little bootleg moonshine, make a few bets, drive fast and furious. The party's right across the street, I may sneak back over here and make some more tiles. I'm on a roll right now and I just can't help myself. Comments are welcome.