Someday my husband and myself hope to have lots of grandchildren and there is no time like the present to begin planning … besides what’s more important than a good education? In anticipation I have begun making tiles, both round and square. This particular batch is round. I have letters, sizes, patterns, colors, and even words. Below is a close up.
This project started out as a class assignment for a low relief 18″ x 18″ tile set and has quickly escalated into a whole lot of fun. All the glazes are lead-free low fire and I will probably coat the backs with a clear acrylic gloss to keep them from small chips.
This is my variation of India style handpainted beads. I had a teeny brush, and instead of the dots would have liked to do the small ‘m’s around these curves, but I found it impossible. So I used dots instead. These still need to be coated with a clear gloss and refired.
One of the assignments in Ceramics II was to make an 18″x18″ tile, or tiles which would measure 18″x18″. So these are my initial efforts. I have a 1″ square cutter which I used to do these. Basically I used the slab roller at the college and covered the slab with plastic, cut each tile out, then went to work decorating each one with various tools and stamps. I have a lot tiles to do. I wanted translucent glazes in order to bring out some of the more delicate details so I brought them home and glazed them in low fire glazes.
I used a technique for these that I do with beads. I glued each one of these tiles and small accent tiles with Elmers Glue. The glue burns off in the firing. I was glad that when I removed these shelves and carried them into my studio that none fell off. I expected some to fall, but none did.
So I’m going to roll out some more slabs today and continue onward …