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.
I recently finished this group of puff people. Some are tiny, no taller than my thumb, others a little bigger, but none of them take up much space.
They were made in February 2019, terracotta clay fired at cone 06, colored with Velvet underglazes.
They have patterns on their backs, too. I could paint patterns like this all day long.
Here are a couple of individual portraits.
Oh yes, a pink kind of mood.
Clay tile, @ 7″ x 7″, fired at cone 06, colored with Velvet underglazes, January 2019.
Maybe he is and maybe he isn’t. I don’t know. You ask him.
Clay tile, @ 7″ x 3″, terracotta clay fired at cone 06, colored with Velvet underglazes, January, 2019.
Here is an assortment of @ 2″ x 2″ clay tiles I made in January, 2019. I can’t stop making them, it seems – and why not, when they are so much fun? The small size keeps the design work simple and the sheer number of them means I can try anything I want. Just perfect.
White or terracotta clay, fired at cone 06, using Velvet underglazes for the coloring.