Thursday, February 3, 2011
Texture and Color
The moon rock photo from the textures post a couple of days ago, inspired this first group of tiles which are drying slowly in the closet. These tiles are thick, about half an inch, to allow me to make the holes deep. My mind's eye can see what I want, but I'm not quite there with the texture and color.
For the upper left hand one I used my finger to dig the holes in the clay and then I filled the holes with slip. For the other three I used a tool to dig the holes then filled the holes with slip. I'd like to try these same shapes with the black clay and colored slips too. I could just see one with white slip as a contrast; I really like a black and white combination, so crisp looking.
The skies are supposed to be gray here for about a week. Maybe that's why I'm craving color, lots of color. For this group of tiles I took mason stains dry and brushed on the color. I'm not sure what will happen with this experiment, but the colors are bright like I'm craving. These tiles are fairly thick too. I intend them as wall tiles.
I used a higher percentage of stains in my slip batches this time and I'm using B-mix clay. I rolled this tile out large, about a nine inch square, and maybe a little too thin. I'm drying my tiles on wallboard so I'm getting a handle on warping. I painted the chartreuse lines and then the blue and then the silhouette style teapot, cup, and border.
I'm want to overlap some color, but wonder what will happen with one color under another when they are fired. I've used black over colors, but wonder about lighter colors over darker or more dominate colors. Will the bottom layer of color change the top layer? Working with flat surfaces with slip is fun because it's like painting on clay.
I have more ideas for colorful tiles with geometric shapes. I also have ideas for pots with texture and color I'm thinking about. I wonder if investing in tile cutter shapes would be beneficial? Like a six inch square and and 8 inch square. Have you used them? How did you like them? Do you have any suggestions for sources or types? I think I'll go make a few more tiles today. Comments and suggestions are welcome.