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Selection of 2” tiles made using my square plaster stamps.  Just made some more plaster blanks to carve to add to my repertoire.

Selection of 2” tiles made using my square plaster stamps.  Just made some more plaster blanks to carve to add to my repertoire.

Changing scale!  This is a larger box (3.75”w x 3.75” d x 5.5”h) and was much easier to assemble as my hand could fit inside.  Box features my new square plaster stamp designs.  The pattern around the lid is from a carved stone (sodalite, I think) bead that I use as a roulette and roll the design into the clay.

More mini (1.5”) peony flowered tulip tiles in an assortment of colours for spring brooches.  The design is achieved with a hand-carved plaster stamp.  The raised areas in the design allow for select application of different glaze colours without them running into each other.

More mini (1.5”) peony flowered tulip tiles in an assortment of colours for spring brooches.  The design is achieved with a hand-carved plaster stamp.  The raised areas in the design allow for select application of different glaze colours without them running into each other.

More rabbits! Just finished making some lino-printed cards (blue and pink versions shown here) to go with my ceramic rabbit brooches made using the same lino stamp. The “rabbit” word stamp is from a vintage set of words and images that belonged to my Great Aunt Susie, who was a school teacher.

New mini box (2.5” x 2.5” x 3”) featuring some of my new square plaster stamps.

These look good enough to eat! Bracelets featuring my own ceramic and wet-felted beads.

Spring!  Two little brooches (1.5”) to celebrate the new season … double peony tulips and robin eggs in a nest.

Spring! Two little brooches (1.5”) to celebrate the new season … double peony tulips and robin eggs in a nest.

Finished tile made with the “robin nest and eggs” plaster stamp shown in the previous post.  TIle is 1.5” square.  Nest is coloured with underglazes, and Tucker’s turquoise glaze was used for the eggs.

Finished tile made with the “robin nest and eggs” plaster stamp shown in the previous post. TIle is 1.5” square. Nest is coloured with underglazes, and Tucker’s turquoise glaze was used for the eggs.

Another plaster stamp and its corresponding impression in clay. I’ve made several small tiles with this stamp and hope to turn them into brooches.

On a recent trip to IKEA, I found some silicone ice cube trays that actually make square cubes … imagine that! Just what I needed to make square plaster stamps for my tile-making. The top photo shows some of the carved plaster stamps (I use a linocutter that is now reserved for this purpose as plaster is really hard on the blades). The lower photo shows a slab of clay marked into grids and bearing plaster stamp impressions. These “tiles” have since been cut apart and assembled into a small lidded box which is now in the kiln for its bisque firing.