Sunday, April 17, 2011

Slipware Marbleizing

I was researching colored slips and discovered a technique that combines two of the methods that we covered in class. Michelle Erickson uses two contrasting colored slips to create a marbleized effect on her ceramic pieces. She begins with a slab-rolled piece of clay and covers it entirely with a layer of slip. Next, she applies a pattern of different colored slip. Using gravitational and centrifugal effects, she creates the desired design in the wet slip. Once the slip is dry, Erickson drapes the clay over a hump mold to form a dish.

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