I thought I’d go right into some of the clay work I just took out of the kiln. Incised tiles today.
These tiles are white clay, Standard #181, fired at cone 5. They are examples of working by incising lines with a ribbon tool, bisque firing, painting the tiles with black underglaze (Velvet Jet Black), rinsing off, and then brush- painting with other colors of Velvet underglazes. I’m happy with how these came out.
Here is the same white clay – but I left the lines blank and just painted with colors around them. I’m not as happy with these results and I found it tedious rather than relaxing to paint them. If you make a mistake and your color goes into the line area, you need to do some scrubbing to get it out. With colored lines, you just put on another layer of underglaze.
And here is a group of the two styles together.
Finally, here are some tiles done in the same manner but in a different clay (Standard 308, I think, or else 108 – I need to check. But both are fired at cone 5, and are reddish in the final color). I like these the best of all. I find the way the natural color of the clay can figure in the composition is more pleasing to me than in the white clay. And the clay also affects the final color the underglaze produces – I find these less stark than what the white clay comes up with. Experimenting is getting me somewhere – developing likes and dislikes!