Natural objects with patterned imagery surround us in the environment. You may have some objects that you have collected or you can seek some out at the ocean, the mountains or in your own backyard. These will provide inspiration for making pieces from layered, colored clay. It is an exceptional medium for expressing the beauty of fluid movement, the effects of water and wind that transform shells, rock and wood. You will be guided through wedging stains into porcelain and layering the different colors into a block. By slicing, carving, rolling and pinching, multi-dimensional effects are revealed. The colored clay integrates the designs with functional or sculptural forms, connecting hand with water and earth. Prior experience working with clay is needed. To complete pieces you will need access to a kiln.
25 lbs cone 6 to 10 porcelain
Mason stains: (approximate amounts)
Lavender #6319 100 grams
Turquoise #6364 100 grams
Peacock #6266 100 grams
Pink #6020 100 grams
Ochre Iron Oxide C-030-041 Ochre (Natural Iron Oxide Pigment Goethite, Limonite) from Bailey Ceramic Supply, Kingston, N.Y.
or Yellow Ochre 50 grams
Rutile (optional)- 25 grams
- Dust mask and rubber gloves
- a tablespoon
- Hand-building tools: rolling pin, needle tool, scoring tool, metal rib, carving tools, wood modeling tools, wooden paddle, wood ruler.
- Beading wire gauge 32
- Gallon bucket
- Soft plastic for covering pieces
- Drape molds (if available)
- Cardboard tubes
- About six two foot squares torn from an old sheet or pillow cases. Preferably a solid color to not compete visually with what you are working on.
A smooth absorbent surface to work on like what can be found here: https://www.theceramicshop.com/store/category/56/308/ slabmats/ or a smooth plywood surface with no finish on it. I use scrap pieces of linoleum flooring that has a pressed paper surface.
Before the workshop collect natural objects such as shells, rocks, driftwood, bark, plants, etc. that can provide inspiration.