Friday, 3 April 2009

Sgraffito Time!

Wait! Isn't that supposed to be Chico Time? No, there are no goat herders here folks! It's definitely sgraffito time! This is what I did with those tiles I cut yesterday...

First, I just did some ordinary (and very basic) sgraffito on the round one.

This slip looks quite pinkish in colour, but is labelled "Cocoa" so it will be interesting to see how the colour comes out when it is fired. Also, this round piece is one of the pieces that I added green slip to the clay, so I'm curious to see how green those carved parts will look after firing.

Next, I decided to try some inlaying. I carved the image out of the clay first, and then brushed the coloured slip over it to fill in the grooves.

Once it had dried I scraped the slip off the surface, leaving it in the grooves.

Again, this was on clay that has been coloured with the green slip. I'm thinking now that it would probably look better if the clay was slightly blue! Also, the sun will be brown! Hmm... I need to think about getting some more colours!

On the back of the larger tile I decided to see if it was possible to inlay slip with a different colour slip on the surface. This didn't work too well, although I think it could be possible if the surface colour was painted on really thickly and I was extra careful about scraping back the inlaid colour.

Then all that was left was to carve the last tile. My imagination left home some time ago without saying goodbye, so stuck for inspiration I reached for my drink in my new favourite mug and thought "Aha!".

So as you can see I have been having lots of fun! I can't wait to do some more, and yet I have absolutely no ideas at all! Typical - I couldn't wait for my slip to arrive and now I don't know what to do with it!


painter girl said...

Oh! I love Chico time....scraffito time. YAY! Linda. Love these especially the octopus tile...are you surprised?
Can't wait to see the colors when they come out of the firing.

Ps: me and Will LOVED the Greens and Black chocolate bar....are still loving it! Wonderful and soooooo creamy.

Kathy L said...

These are awesome Linda...

can't wait to see what they look like after they are fired. I love the whimsy of your tiles!


Undaunted said...

Oh thank you Leanne! Scott really likes the Octopus one too! I suggested making some tiles to put up in the bathroom but he doesn't like change very much (or DIY!).

I'm glad you liked the Green and Black's. I haven't tried one myself yet! I must do something about that...

Thank you Kathy! I'm glad you like them! I can't wait to see what they look like fired either, but it will be a few weeks before I'm back at class!

cynthia said...

Excellent Linda - I love sgraffito and slip inlay! Nice experiments - and I look forward to seeing them glazed...

Undaunted said...

Thank you Cynthia :) They really were fun to do.

queencraftygirl said...

Hey Un-D,
Congratulations again on winning the scarf! I hope I can get it to you soon! (but I need your address. hehe!)

I love scraffito! I can't wait to see how they turn out after they are fired! The octopus tile is so neat. I love it!

In my Geography Class the other day, I got to taste English chocolate.....YUMM!!! So wonderful! No wonder some of the English think that our choclate is horrible.

p.s. We need to skype soon!


Undaunted said...

Thank you so much Queeny! I've been meaning to post about my new scarf! I've never won anything before, and it's fabulous!

I love sgraffito too - your aunt Leanne's is amazing! But I had so much fun as well, I can't wait to do some more!

Wow, chocolate in geography lessons! Maybe I would have enjoyed geography more if we did that! But I like your chocolate! I love Reeses!

We shall definitely skype soon Queeny! Maybe Monday evening?