Designs for Consideration
Most of these projects can be done in 30
this page along with the design pattern page.
click: Design pattern
Textures and patterns are added BEFORE the slabs
are joined together for many of these designs.
SLIP, clay mixed with water, is used to
insure that pieces join securely together.
The project designs below do not have to be very large.
Sometimes miniatures are fine; 6 inches or less.
Below: Foot is
a joined belt --
Decorate slabs before joining.
Body is single slab that is folded and formed
Connect foot using slip.
The Coil Method added to flat slab elements.
Uses roll up "snakes" of clay to form pattern.
Be sure to use slip to insure solid joins.
thing to notice in modern ceramic clay design:
reveals a direct approach.
This means that the clay surface and connections
are never over-worked; the tool marks
and method of working is evident.
3 Sided-Base Shape
Decorated each of 3 Sides
Add slip with brush.
Cut shapes for foot.
LEATHER HARD CLAY
Before the clay drys too much it becomes firm enough to
cut and to carve. (It is still the color of wet clay.)
In this condition it is easy
to make permanent connection of parts using a
liquified clay. (SLIP) It is easiest to apply with a squirt bottle.
or flakes of clay
Make layers of brick-like rows
Use slip mortar between each "brick"
Begin with flat base.
Add top and bottom slab elements.
The scraps of clay make the "design".
This body is made from 1 slab folded into a pocket.
Imprint, scratch, or stamp design before joining.
Form a belt into an arching foot.
Ornamental handles join with slip.
This does not have to be a large project.
This is much
like #1 on top:
It is lower and has a wide look.
Work on balance of size and support.
Fold ends to form "Box"
applicque balls make textures.
platform like shape makes a base.
Support foot can be various heights.
Decorate first. Join with slip and brush.