This month I will show you an array of tiles I made, at my studio clay class or at home, using the stencil method of applying images. For a full explanation of this method and some tiles I made in the fall of 2019, look here.
I made these tiles at home, after the fall studio class had ended. I used the same stencil technique, but my underglazes at home are a different brand from the studio (Velvet) and so the colors are different. Additionally, I used raku clay, so the clay body is a different color. I used the same wax resist technique as earlier, and I fired the tiles at cone 06 – a cooler temperature than at the studio, as necessitated by the different clay and glaze I used at home.
And you know, I don’t know if I have made this clear, but the stenciling takes place on a wet clay base – in other words, I roll out the tile, let it dry a little, then do the color work on it, then bisque fire it. I’m not stenciling on a previously-fired blank tile.
All right, so what? The end result – more stencil tiles!
These are really adorable!
Thank you. I like doing stencil work, on clay as well as I have been trying it in paint and collage recently, too.
Love them, especially the 2nd one!
Thank you. The stencil technique is pretty easy to do once you get the hang of how it works, and it is so versatile, not just for clay but also paints. I have been trying it on other things and enjoying it. I remember doing some stencil work long time ago using freezer paper ironed on to fabric, too. Hmmm, might have to give that a try again…
These are all fabulous. I love how rich they are in visual texture and positive/negative shapes.
Thank you. Stenciling can be very precise or else very loose, depends on the materials and how much control you want vs. accepting happy accidents. I like how the process seems to direct me, doing this kind of work is fun and surprising.
Love these tiles!
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