Category Archives: Clay

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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Puff People on the March

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.

Puff People group 2-194

They have patterns on their backs, too. I could paint patterns like this all day long.

Here are a couple of individual portraits.

There Are Always More

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.

Clay tiles assortment of 2-inch tiles 1-20191

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People. Just Some People

Here are a few tiles depicting people. Commercially-made terracotta tiles, colored with Velvet underglazes, fired at cone 06, fall 2018.

Gardening under a hot sun.
Look at these lovely flowers I just met. Maybe we are cousins – notice our matching blue spots.
My friend John G. thought this scene resembled an icon. I did not do it on purpose, but maybe it does.