Ceramics and Architecture
At the beginning of the year I redecorated my bathroom with a fish and bird Escher pattern. I also made some tiles to match, and here they are
We inherited super-sweet Envision brush-on glazes. They’re not really designed for cone 6 firings [which is the temperature we fire to, 1240 degrees C] but after testing we found that many of them are quite good. Of course, 60% of them turn onto a brown mucky mess, but that’s what testing is all about.
Loads has come out of the kiln lately, and I’ve been having a lot of fun with P2 porcelain, which vitrifies at cone 6 [quite low temperature for porcelain] and so doesn’t need to be glazed. Vitrification changes the structure of the molecules, and turns them ‘glassy’. To illustrate, most plates are not vitrified; once they get a chip or crack, if you soak them in water you can see that the water soaks into the pot underneath. In contrast, vitrified clay can get a chip in it but will not soak up water, that’s why baths, basins and loos are made from vitrified porcelain.
It also looks pretty.
Back in – holy moly – FEBRUARY, I started making these Time For Tea tiles. FINALLY some of these are out of the kiln!
I’m really happy with them; the incised plaster detail came up well. Will be furthering this research in the new year.
I made two moulds with buttons, and have had loads of fun handpainting them with the paint-on glazes.
I made this back in January, as a sort of signal to myself.
Who am I kidding; round my way every year is the year of the tile!