I’m “away” at art camp. The Claudia McGill Art Camp. One camper – me. Length of time I’ll be here at camp- undetermined…
A little while ago, on my poetry blog, I posted a picture of clay word tiles to accompany a poem. I’d made these tiles quite a while ago. One of my correspondents, galeriaredelius , commented on the tiles (and in such a nice way, thank you again!) and it got me to thinking. I’d made those tiles for a certain purpose and they were long gone. How about making some more?
So, I rolled out my clay. I’m using low-fire white clay, to be fired at cone 06. It has a lovely bluish-gray look to it, wet, but it will end up chalk-white. Here are a couple of slabs on my work table.
Then I cut the piece into strips. And I assembled my letter stamps.
Then I stamped words into the clay. I would have done better to wait and let it dry up a little, but I didn’t feel like it. I was listening to an audio book and I chose words that appealed to me and were 3-6 letters long. Any longer and the tiles are more fragile and unwieldy.
I kept going until I’d used up the clay I’d rolled out.
There is always some leftover clay. During the tile-making time, I re-rolled it and made more tiles. At the end, though, there was just a little bit left. I rolled it out and made a figurine-goddess-lady, the kind I have typically left in parks, etc., for people to find; and then I made a cat. I’m thinking I might make some more cats in another session here at camp.
The whole crowd will dry – that will take about a week or so. I’ll clean up their edges. Then, I’ll fire them with other work when I have enough for a kiln-load. I can mix bisque and glaze items in the low-fire firings – they are done at the same temperature. I have a good number of bisque items to be glazed, so now I feel some interest in maybe painting some tiles. It is too hot in the garage (where the kiln is) to fire right now – so I have time before the fall, when the weather is more conducive to it.
So,another camp session in which I make tiles? Why not? My goodness.