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 in fall 2019 at the studio tile class. They were bisque fired after the class ended and I picked up the project when we got back to class in January 2020 to glaze them. This time I used no resist but glazed the entire surface. (I think I was wanting to be finished with the past projects and get on to the new ones!)
These tiles are all @ 4″ x 4″, except for the last one at 7″ x 7″. You may notice I am using a different clay here, a very dark stoneware selection. It fires at Cone 6.
You may also notice some repeated shapes – the house, for instance. That is a good thing about stencils – they can be reused. Now, for this application I use magazine paper as the stencil material. It’s fine for a few passes but of course it disintegrates pretty quickly. You can cut your own stencils out of film, or of course there are millions of pattern stencils you can buy.
Additionally, you can see in the last tile the two birds – one made from the positive image, one from the negative. In other words, I cut out the bird shape and also kept the residue shape, and used them both.
You can also flip your stencil over and get a reversed image, such as the two heads looking at each other in the last tile.
OK, we are all caught up on stencil tiles! Thank you for following along with me.
Neat, I really like the ones with the birds!
Thank you. I like birds, though I know very little about any specific types, just like looking at them, and I think that is why I seem to come back to them as a theme. Tiles seem to be a perfect place for their images.
These are great and I think the repetition of shapes is really effective. My favourites in this grouping are the first one and the last one. Your birds are always a winner with me.
Thank you. I know I have said before, but, stencils, I don’t know what took so long for me to understand how great they are. In everything.