Mosaic course 2013

The mosaic course dedicated to the students of Grade 7 has just concluded with these excellent results. The pictures show some stages of the process and the finished mosaics.                         … [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...]

Small ceramic house-box

The slabs of clay can be used for lots of different projects. This  project needs precision  in measuring, cutting and assembling the slabs and the consistence of clay must be not too soft. Remember to use "slurry" clay to join the slabs on the edges, after  having scratched the surfaces to be joined. The surface of the box may be textured, carved or decorated, and in the same way you can build a … [Read more...]

Coil vase with a ‘not round’ base

Starting from any shape as base of the vase,  you can model a vase not round, by growing as a free shape in your hands. The coils follow the shape of the base and then they can widen and narrow as you like. Here's my vase made with this technique. I glazed the interior of the pot, and I colored the outer surface with manganese oxide. … [Read more...]

Pinch Pot Animals

The most simple technique to realize a little animal with clay is the Pinch Pot : use just your fingers, first the thumb and then all the fingers to create a fish, a bird, a dragon, a turtle, a lizard, an alien!! Only a recommendation: always remember to open a small hole in the bottom of your sculpture! … [Read more...]

The Box Shop

Inspired by the marvelous work that she has seen on the blog reciclando en la escuela, Laura realized a little Box Shop into a cardboard packaging of a lamp that I bought yesterday. She enjoyed to create the spaces, to find the signs, to cut the little clothes... This is a great way to use the things you normally throw away ... This is poetry that you can create from trash! By recycling you may … [Read more...]

Ceramic slab boxes

We used the slab technique for make these boxes. After the first fire we painted with engobe colours and then we glaze them. With second fire we fixed colours and glaze, here is the result! … [Read more...]

Essences ceramic diffuser

Building with coils, the essences ceramic diffuser must be large enough for a candle. You can build the container for the candle and the cup for the essences separately and then you can join them. When the clay as hard as leather you can cut the opening for the candle and some openwork decoration behind. After the first firing you can decorate with engobe and glaze with transparent glaze. The … [Read more...]

Recycled polystyrene foam printing

I used recycled polystyrene foam from pizza’s package to do matrices  for hand printings. I used acrylic colour spreaded on the matrix by a flat brush and I printed by hand with a  light and evenly pressure.  polystyrene foam carve with with a sharp pencil foam matrix painted by acrylic colour and hand printed   matrices and … [Read more...]

Ceramic soap dish with leaf’s print

This is red clay, we added texture with leaves pressing them on the clay slab, then we put the slab in a small dish to give it the curved shape (it's possible also to dry it with a hairdryer).  When it is dry you fire in the kiln and paint the leaf impression with dark brown, then you can sponge it off. The light color is the last color we've painted. The colors are like SLIP COLORED CLAY, but … [Read more...]