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...]

Mono Printing Workshop

On Monday 12th March I had an interesting Printing Workshop at the Oriel Q – Queens Hall Gallery in Narberth (Pembrokeshire, UK), where we experienced the mono printing and gum arabic transfer with the teachers Sally James and Lesley Crawley. Here my prints and matrices and those of other participants. It was a really exciting! The sample of our … [Read more...]

Ceramic: little house to hang

Another idea, very easy to do with thin slab of clay and coloured with glazed engobe colours. … [Read more...]

Print and stencil decorations on cotton fabric

With pupils of 7th grade we decorated cotton fabric bags with colors for fabric. They cut some stencil from  transparent acetate plastic sheets and painted with special brush with short bristles, mixing colors and creating gradients. In the next step they have carved a linoleum stamp and they printed the fabric with the same colors, to create a frame around the main … [Read more...]

Big mosaic

In the mosaic workshop attended by students of year 7 we made a large mosaic working in groups, each student was responsible for a color, along the lines of a project. The castle is the one of Mezzolombardo (Trento, Italy) that can be seen from the windows of the school. the mosaic … [Read more...]