A resource blog for students studying ceramics in the School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Inlaying Colored Clay
We had talked about colored clay in class, but I was particularly interested in the way Mitch Lyons colored clay to use as a decorative design on the piece, rather than painting afterwards. He talks about how he used an iron oxide to color the clay to be used for decorating, but he also adds a painters pigment to it instead of water to give more color, because the iron oxide doesn't fully show up until after the firing process. He creates the design separately and they rolls his actual ceramic piece on top of it which he calls the "broomstick method".