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Triangle-Glaze Face Tile

Here is a very clear example of a tile that has been dip-glazed with overlapping sections. You can see that I held the tile by the corner and, rotating it each time, dipped it so that the glazes covered each other in some areas and covered open territory at the same time. In this way a variety of colors result from the interactions of the glazes.

There are three glazes on this tile. I planned it so that the face features would not be intersected by a glaze line as I felt it would muddy up the impression the face makes as a whole.

Standard clay 112, fired at cone 6, various glazes, about 4″ x 4″.

Clay tile three triangle face @ 4 x 4 2-20

Another tile from my studio clay class

Here is one more tile from my studio clay class. For the full explanation of how I created this and its companion tiles, look here.

This tile got short shrift in its design – I stenciled some shapes on it, meaning to add more, but I ran out of time. I sent the tile into the firing anyway and it came back with an array of blue underglazed shapes on it.

Then, I drew some circles on it in wax. That meant whatever was under the wax would stay as it was – wax is a resist material and burns off in the kiln while preventing the glazed from over taking the area.

After that, I dipped it in two different glazes, holding it by a corner and dipping it on the diagonal, then rotating it and doing it in the second color. There is an area of overlap that creates a third color.

Here is the result. Clay tile, Standard clay #112, fired at cone 6, various underglazes and glazes, wax resist @ 4″ x 4″.

Clay tile 10-19 abstract6



Small Landscape in Tile Form

Here is a small tile made from the inspiration of some of those tiny landscape drawings I’ve done here or there. Like these…

I made the tile in February 2019. Low fire clay fired at cone 06 and colored with Velvet underglazes.

Clay tile 2-19 abstract1

Rotational Energy

You may remember that I make lots of small tiles with abstract patterns on them – each one is about 2″ x 2″. I sell these in shows for a modest price and people buy them for many uses.

They can be assembled into a grouping, if you select a crowd of them, or one alone can become a refrigerator magnet, let’s say, with the addition of a small magnet glued to the back, or just a little token to keep in your purse or on your desk. I just make the tiles and let them go on their way.

Here’s a large group of the kind of tiles I am talking about (from May, 2018):

Clay tile 2 x 2 5-18 Group 1

And, if a child comes to my booth with limited funds, these are within almost anyone’s budget. Although if you are a kid and you come into my booth, I will work with whatever you have so that you can go away with something. It’s important to encourage young people who are enjoying art, I think.

Anyway, these tiles have no set up or down or sides to them. Once you have hold of it, you can see it anyway you want. I find that interesting. Here is a recent tile from July, 2019, in four different orientations. You decide which one you like best, or change it around from day to day.

Spin the tile and see what comes up!

I Start With Brown and Blue

When I color tiles using the negative space method (where I fill in around the shape rather than starting with the shape and coloring around it), I start with a layer of underglaze covering the whole tile. Usually I choose the Velvet underglaze by Amaco, Jet Black.

For this tile I did something different. I colored half the tile in chocolate brown and the other half in Medium blue. Then I set to work with my additional colors to create the images.

Clay tile, Velvet underglazes on lowfire clay, fired at cone 06, 7″ x 7″, 2019.

Clay tile @ 7x7 blue creature and plant 1-191