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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.

Profile Views in Common

Here are two tiles from August 2019. I have a fondness for the profile view, don’t I? These tiles feature a person in that position but then they diverge.

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

Holiday Pop-Up Shop At the Abington Art Center

I am participating in this annual event once again with some of my clay work. My husband and I attended the opening last Friday night.

By the way, this is the same art center where I am teaching a mixed media class that I’ve mentioned here and there.

We saw  quite a few people we knew there. Shout out to Andy, Eric and Sarah, Matt (my jewelry class teacher from the summer class I took), and Robyn, plus Rosalie, Jenny, and Beth from the art center management.

Here are some shots from the opening. It’s held in one of the exhibit rooms at the center. Here is an overview of the space:

Here is some mosaic work of one of my mixed media students. Like all the members of my class, she is accomplished in more than one medium. She attended the event and I was able to marvel over her work in person.

Abington Art Center holiday shop 11-19 (3)

 

And here is my work. I think they have displayed it really nicely.

Here is the info on the show. If you are in the area, stop in and take a look!