Wednesday, July 28, 2010

ALaW - B

I've just released I've forgotten to post letter B...!

B - applied clay

Applied clay for surface decoration is used as a means of adding 3D textures, shapes and patterns in your design. Simple additions of pellets or coils are adhered to the surface from random patterns to specific designs, and is also used to enhance handles and spouts on functional wares. Good examples of these are found on Medieval English Pottery.

I've chosen to use the coil method...

Using an extruder for icing cakes, porcelain clay is extruded through to make a small coil. A fine 'B' imprinted into the clay tile, via tracing paper.

...starting to build the letter by using the extruded coil, placed over the imprint with a little water to secure and adhere.

Letter B starting to take shape, tools used; brush to apply water on imprint and pointed wooden tool to shape the clay and run along edges to seal.

Fine tuning... adding more coil on each end and in the centre and shaping. Carving the edge for the border with a carving tool, still at the leatherhard stage.

Finished off by leaving to dry then sanded with a fine sanding pad for a smooth surface (in the raw stage ready for bisque).

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