Sgraffito tiles: terracotta clay and white slip

This activity was done by Daniela De Luca, a restorer-potter who leads workshops at Primary Schools, Summer camps and leisure centers. These tiles were created at the Mezzocorona Primary School (Trento, Italy) , by children of Grade 5. The tiles are made of Terracotta, a red-brown porous earthenware clay. To begin, cut 1,5-2 cm –thick slabs off the bag of clay. Put the slab between two pieces of … [Read more...]

Clay as a sketchbook

A holiday on mountain, looking around with joy, to discover shapes, sketches, pictures. The surface of clay , leather-hard, becomes a sketchbook, whereon I can copy directly the shapes of plants, leafs and flowers. These pots are the souvenir of an unforgettable place. The images are engraved and colored with black engobe in mishima technique. The green is engobe, painted with brush. After the … [Read more...]

Flowers in bowl…

The inside of the bowls is an excuse to draw sketches of flowers that glide like shadows into the concave surface. The bowls become containers of flowers ... … [Read more...]

Mishima Technique: experiments in black and red

I can not explain how much I am fascinated by this oriental technique of Japanese origin made ​​with colored engobes. I'm still experimenting but I find that the effect of the incisions filled with black engobe is amazing ... Below we see first the working of clay to leather hardness, then a picture of a bowl after the first firing. The remaining photographs are of the bowls glazed after the … [Read more...]

Small pots in blue

I miss the clay, I have little time and little space to work with it. The clay is calling me through my little blue vases and for now I can not answer. Waiting for quiet moments when I will listen to my wheel to turn again ... … [Read more...]

Instructions for tiles decorated with pasta

Some teachers have asked me to draw some simple instructions for making ceramic tiles decorated with pasta. Here is an instruction sheet for use even with younger children ... I hope you find it useful! … [Read more...]

An Egyptian sarcophagus ceramic

With the technique of slabs of clay here is an activity for the children of the Primary School on the subject of Ancient Egypt. The realization of a box-sarcophagus  with a mummy inside! The box was painted with engobes after the first firing and then glazed for the second firing. Here are the phases of construction. … [Read more...]

Tiles imprinted with pasta

A simple and brilliant idea to be realized at school with clay slabs: colored tiles imprinted with different shapes of pasta. Farfalle, penne, fusilli or spaghetti become interesting tools to create texture on the smooth surface of the fresh clay. You can create abstract designs, patterns or small landscapes ... giving space to the imagination. To color the tiles after the first firing I used the … [Read more...]

The paper bags made of clay

With  slabs of clay we created these elegant handbags copying them from  paper bags that you find in the shops. The surface was imprinted with flowers to create a texture inspired by nature. After the first firing the handbags have been decorated with underglaze colors and  have been glazed for the second fire. The final touch has been to add the black rope as handles, as in the real handbags. … [Read more...]

My pottery in Bath

I'm attending a pottery course at the City of Bath College, and I have the possibility to learn, confront and try out new ceramic techniques. Here are my last pottery! I thought that could be an attractive proposition for students to design a set of 3 small pots with different shapes but with similar decorations, to work on the concept of a "triad" of objects connected by an idea that unites … [Read more...]