Pattern Guy

For a little while I’ve been using a technique for my clay tiles in which I color the background (usually in black) and then take my Chinese bamboo brush and use it and various underglazes to fill in around a shape that I see only in my mind, until it emerges on the tile. Negative space painting, kind of, and something I learned from a book in the last year.

Anyway, for this tile, I did things a little differently. I colored it with random splotches of underglaze colors and then filled around it. The person emerged, dressed in a patterned personality. So did a grid of eyes.

I cannot explain. Don’t ask me how it all happened. It just did.

Terracotta clay, fired at cone 06, colored with velvet underglazes, January 2019.
Clay tile @ 7x7 multi-colored creature and eyes 1-192

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