Saturday, January 21, 2017

Southwest Patchwork Intaglio Mat

A soap maker ordered my Mayan Mayhem Intaglio mat
to impress the pattern into the surface of the soap and it worked!
So I reworked my Southwest Figures into
a Southwest Patchwork design.

Perfect for clay or soap impressing!

This is available in my Etsy shop!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Ceramic LEAF Sticks for Earrings...

These lightweight delights are made from the leftovers I had
from making the leaf bracelet beads...

They too have niobium loops and some interest on the reverse side.

I see them as earring pairs but a necklace of them
would also be nice!
Available on BHClaysmith Etsy site -

Leaf BRACELET Beads from Clay

Fine metal stencils for embossing are a great way
to add a pattern to ceramic clay...

All you need is an engobe, underglazes
and a fervent imagination!

Even the reverse side can be designed 
with a surprise by using terra sigillata on the greenware.

I also added nichrome wire loops to each side
and a slight bend as they were drying to conform to the wrist.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Keeping Track of Glazes

I am going to use this tray which has been stenciled with a grid 
as a test for different glazes, so I took a picture of the tray
with the first glaze areas in place, then posterized it
and printed it out.
As I add additional swirls of glaze, I will use a pencil to shade
in those areas on the printed copy and write the glaze name
in the borders so I know what I used where.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Making TRAYS in CERAMIC CLAY and Cool Ways to Finish Them!

I will be offering this Summer Workshop
at Community Arts Center in Wallingford, PA.
One of the things I will be sharing with participants
is finishing a tray with Underglazes, a Dotter & an Outliner.

Participants will be able to practice this technique on a 
white bisque tile.  For example, I painted underglazes on two different
white bisque tiles as shown above and below.

Then when the three coats of underglaze have dried,
I used underglaze in an Outliner and on a Dotter to complete
the two different patterns shown below...

These 6" x 6" tiles created by participants will be clear glazed 
and fired by the Art Center and be ready to pick up
a week or so after the Workshop.

I also plan to have each participant take home an
Outliner to use in future projects of their own.

This technique can then be used on any of the trays
made by Workshop participants to create 
awesome looking pieces...