Carolyn treated us to a slide show of artists who inspire her and then examples of surfaces which inspire her from patterns in nature to buildings.
In the afternoon Carolyn demonstrated how she applies her vitreous slips or engobes to bone dry work. The engobes are the consistency of cream or half and half and are mixed with stains, oxides, and frits, sieved and brushed on the clay surface.
Carolyn applies the various colors of the engobes in many layers and patterns. After a once firing the rich surface full of color is revealed.
The pieces are then scraped, scratched, or Carolyn uses various sgraffito methods to carve through the surfaces to achieve just the patterns and surfaces she desires.
The final shape of the pinched piece is scraped and scraped away with metal ribs to obtain the smooth and well defined shape Carolyn wants.
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