I've been playing with the technique all week and have become incredibly inspired by the process. I'll walk you through the workshop so you might become inspired as well.
|Being a little bit OCD in the studio, I used a ruler for my lines.|
|Using black underglaze, I painted on a couple of coats and waited for it to set.|
It doesn't need to dry completely before removing the stencil. It just needs to set enough so it won't smear.
|Here it is, with the stencil removed.|
|Once my underglazes have dried so they're no longer tacky to the touch, I cut out my platter.|
|Now let's backtrack a couple of steps. While I was waiting for my underglazes to dry, I took a plaster hump mold and centered it on a foam bat. I'll be using this to shape my platter.|
|Here I've begun shaping the slab against the mold using a rubber rib. You could just as easily use a wooden one. The idea is initially to use lighter pressure, molding the clay to the shape of the mold.|
|Compress, compress, compress.........|
|Then I put slip over the scoring. I'm using slip made from my clay body with water and a little vinegar to act as a flocculant.|
|I've made a coil using a handle cutter. You could just as easily roll one or use an extruder. I've scored the coil, slipped it, and joined it to the bottom of my platter.|
|Here's a photo of the finished platter (note the cleaned up edge), and a bit of the tile with Amethyst having been painted over the white base.|