Ceramics and Architecture
It’s Mud Colony‘s birthday this month, and I’ve got a load of stuff out of the kiln, so here’s the process of one of my new pieces!
We have a platter mould, that’s really great, just a huge canvas for decoration. After my inlaid tiles came out so well I was confident to try a larger piece.
I was inspired by the circular shape of Pigs. Here’s what he looks like when he’s grumpy from being woken up
I made one pattern of fallen leaves in a pale pink slip, then left overnight under plastic. The next day I worked over the surface, carving the image from a reference photo and using black slip. I used various tools, including a hole cutter and a pin.
It’s good using the mould, because I’m not worried about warping the platter as I work.
I fired the platter on a bed of grog, to prevent it dunting (splitting) as it shrank in the kiln. In the glaze firing I put it on ceramic fibre, which does the same job
The glaze was a bit bubbled, so it’s pinholed I might refire it