Ghost

Just out of the kiln!  More mini boxes (2.5”w x 2.5”d x 3”h) with collagraph plate impressions in blue and sepia.

Yesterday I prepared the “ink” to try this photolithography technique on clay:  2 teaspoons of Black ceramic stain in 3 teaspoons of boiled linseed oil.  This mixture was mixed well (20 minutes) and allowed to stand overnight.

Today I followed the instructions in Kristina Bogdanov’s video, but found that my sponge wasn’t very successful in blotting up the water from the image.  Instead, I flooded the image with the water containing a splash of gum arabic and allowed it to flow off and sopped it up with an old dishcloth.  Messy, and next time I’d have a tray under my glass plate to catch the runoff.  Think I will also try using the water + gum arabic in a spray bottle to direct the water better and hopefully use less of it.  

Next step is to cut apart the images and smooth the edges.  Looking forward to seeing the results after bisque firing and deciding how to colour them … underglazes?  glazes?  combination?  Stay tuned … 

This is an excellent video from Ceramic Arts Daily.  Kristina Bogdanov demonstrates how to transfer photographic images onto clay.  Looks easy … we’ll see!  I finally have some gum arabic so am going to give it a go.

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.