Category Archives: Tiles

Stencil Tiles #2

This month I will show you an array of tiles I made, at my studio clay class or at home, using the stencil method of applying images. For a full explanation of this method and some tiles I made in the fall of 2019, look here.

I made these tiles at home, after the fall studio class had ended. I used the same stencil technique, but my underglazes at home are a different brand from the studio (Velvet) and so the colors are different. Additionally, I used raku clay, so the clay body is a different color. I used the same wax resist technique as earlier, and I fired the tiles at cone 06 – a cooler temperature than at the studio, as necessitated by the different clay and glaze I used at home.

And you know, I don’t know if I have made this clear, but the stenciling takes place on a wet clay base – in other words, I roll out the tile, let it dry a little, then do the color work on it, then bisque fire it. I’m not stenciling on a previously-fired blank tile.

All right, so what? The end result – more stencil tiles!

Stencil Tiles #1

This month I will show you an array of tiles I made, at my studio clay class or at home, using the stencil method of applying images. For a full explanation of this method and some tiles I made in the fall of 2019, look here.

Short update on stenciling process, any medium – all you do is cut out a pattern, set it on your background, and paint, glaze, spray paint, crayon, whatever you want, over or around or inside it. Then lift it from the background, and you have a clear area the stencil covered and a colored area surrounding it.

You can use a stencil in a couple of ways. One – cut out the figure (let’s say it is a circle), set it down on white paper, color around it, lift it, and you have a colored area surrounding a white circle.

Two, you can cut a circle, remove it, and use the open space as your stencil – set it on the white paper, color it, and you have a white background with a colored circle.

Stencil lesson over! Here are some tiles I made in my studio clay class back in fall 2019 – the first group I will be showing you. I colored the figures using underglazes. The tiles were bisque fired and I then covered some areas with wax to form a resist, dipped the tiles in clear glaze. The resist areas stayed matte, the glazed ones shined up.

They were fired to Cone 6 – at the studio we use stoneware clay, which fires higher than I use at home – with Standard clay #112. Approximately 7″ x 7″.

Impressions

Here are a couple of tiles I did in a splattery impressionistic style.

Low-fire clay, fired at cone 06, colored with Velvet underglazes, about 7″ x 7″, October, 2019.

Summertime Tiles Part #3

I made a lot of tiles in August 2019. As you know, it’s the nature of doing clay that it comes in batches, because you need to accumulate a kiln-load for firings. You don’t produce a tile from start to finish, then work on the next one. You make a lot and they travel the process together. Let’s look at such a group.

Here is the last group I have to show you. Low-fire clay, Velvet underglazes, fired at cone 06, August, 2019.

Blur Tiles

Hey, let’s combine two forms of art – clay tile-making and blur photography!

These are some 2″ x 2″ clay tiles from October 2019 that suddenly flew into motion.

OK, not really, it’s the camera that did the moving. Interesting effect, though, huh?

Summertime Tiles Part #2

I made a lot of tiles in August 2019. As you know, it’s the nature of doing clay that it comes in batches, because you need to accumulate a kiln-load for firings. You don’t produce a tile from start to finish, then work on the next one. You make a lot and they travel the process together. Let’s look at such a group.

Here’s the second group. I have to show you. Low-fire clay, Velvet underglazes, fired at cone 06, August, 2019.

Summertime Tiles Part #1

I made a lot of tiles in August 2019. As you know, it’s the nature of doing clay that it comes in batches, because you need to accumulate a kiln-load for firings. You don’t produce a tile from start to finish, then work on the next one. You make a lot and they travel the process together. Let’s look at such a group.

Here are the first ones I have to show you. Low-fire clay, Velvet underglazes, fired at cone 06, August, 2019.