Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Crawl Glaze and Tiles
This fern tile is 14 by 8.5 inches and is very thin. I used a real epiphyte fern which I impressed into the clay and after bisque I hand brushed multiple glazes for the fern and background. I think this thinner tile would look nice with a recessed wood frame with about 2 inches of wood showing around the tile rather than having the edge of the frame right up against the tile. I can also imagine this fern with a darker background color glaze.
This tile is about nine inches square and is also very thin. The one inch flowers are applied as sprigs and are attached only in the middle, the rest of the flower juts forth. There's a matt clear glaze fired over the top of the bisqued underglaze colors. I used commercial underglazes and I can see some of the brush strokes in the green. I'd like to make the same type of wood frame for this tile as the one I described for the fern tile above. Oh I just had an idea looking at this tile, make that two ideas, it's never ending. Ha.
Macabee 5 clay is great to work with because it has a long working time before it dries out and it doesn't have much grog which comes to the surface. But I just rolled out another slab and it is full of air pockets, not just a few but hundreds of them and there are spots that aren't mixed well. Wonder if that's true of just the Axner clays or the other Laguna clays too. I was using B Mix 5 which seemed to be mixed better. Is anyone else having problems with commercially prepared clays from Laguna? Also the shrinkage rate for Macabee is 13 percent and the other clays I use are 11 percent so that means I can't use this as the inlaid clay, but maybe I'll try a test to see if it works.
I tested some Coyote crawl glaze in white, black, and green on this textured tile. I think crawl glaze would be better on a more smooth surface. If I used the white crawl glaze over a contrasting slip color it would emphasize the fissures. Some of the glaze started to flake off as I applied it. I remember reading on Zygote's (king of the crawl) blog, about crawl glazes being particular to application. Any thoughts? Thanks for all of your comments and suggestions, I really appreciate your input.