'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Earthenware tiles

Using my interest in Art Nouveau design, memories of 50's children's book illustrations plus sources like the above as inspiration, I did some drawings. 
Then I transferred them to squares of clay (about 1.5 cm thick) by drawing over them with a pen which made dents in the clay surface.  
I made the dents deeper with the eye of a largish needle:

When they had dried a bit and were a little firmer I began to dig out parts of the design:

And tidied the shapes up more when the clay was leather-hard:

When the tiles were completely dry we put them in the kiln.  I used terracotta clay which goes redder when bisque-fired (a lower temperature than the clay can eventually take.):

The next step is to paint with under-glaze colour, glaze and re-fire.
I'm so enjoying this ceramics lark!


  1. Oh, how your mind works like mine... the eye of a largish needle... yay! Bet the little strips of clay peeled through really well! Can't wait to see the finished tiles. xxx

  2. geeeze, Katherine, we're SO enjoying your work.

    you know? sidebar: this blooging thing is SO hard on the ego. everywhere we turn talent is raging. you ARE looking good on these designs. really. we likes!

    keep up the good work, luv.

    and, again, thanks for sharing


  3. What a lovely lesson, step by step, each in its proper order, easy to follow. I love these; even I could try to do them. Inspiring.

  4. You're so clever Katherine. I hope you actually use the tiles - incorporate them into your kitchen or something.

  5. Oh wow, they look really impressive! The design reminds me of Matisse.

  6. I always enjoy seeing your art. I truly appreciate your paintings. I think these ceramics are very fun. I drew when I was younger. Maybe I will find my creativity again with Léa.

  7. As a former potter I can appreciate what you have achieved. There is so much to be explored.


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