Today we did a ceramics workshop where we were told to focus on the textures and surfaces of sea life.
- Buff clay
- Wooden Board
- Wooden Guides
- Rolling Pin
- Loop Tools
- Potters Knife
first we rolled out our clay using the guids to determine the thickness, then using a potter’s knife cut out a 4 by 4 square out of the clay. Using the viewfinders we picked out interesting segments of a secondary source. I found an image of a coral reef and focused on this particular sea anemone. I created them by rolling up small pieces of clay, then poking a hole into them with a pencil and then attaching them with the velcro technique (cross hatching both surfaces and using slip). I created the texture on the rest of the tile by making rough marks into the clay, again with a pencil then dipping my finger into water and smoothing them to make a cleaner finish. Originally I wanted to fill the tile but didn’t realise how time consuming the process was. I would like to do a triptych of different sea organisms or corals for my final piece so this workshop was good practice towards that.
Health & Safety
- Clean up thoroughly with a damp cloth.
- Wear an apron to protect your clothing
- Be careful when using sharp tools such as the potter’s knife.
- Don’t consume the clay as you may get ill