COLOR IN SLIPS
It’s fun and easy to use colored slips on your pottery. In this area, I will show various techniques on tiles but the methods can be easily used on any forms.
You can leave the surface smooth or texture it like an oil painting.
You can brush slip on raw or fired tiles then carve through the slip and re-fire. You can use plain white glazed commercial tiles with good success.
USE ONE COLOR OR MANY LAYERS OF COLOR
Simply wait for each color layer to dry before applying the next. Works very well with leather hard work … vases, bowls etc. You just have to wait for the right moment to carve through the layers … just dry enough so it does not chip off.
You can use almost any object to texture a thick slip. Below is a piece of screen …you can also use sponges, tree bark, found objects … set your imagination free.
SLIP TRAILER APPLICATIONS
Here are a variety of slip trailers both home made and bought.
Simple slip trailing image.
COMBINATION OF BRUSH & SLIP TRAILING
Carve the surface then apply colored slips as needed. Wait for it to dry and apply again until the slip dries level with the surface. Then simply scrape away the excess to reveal your pattern underneath.
After firing you can inlay slips or underglazes. Simply clean the surface with a wet sponge to reveal your designs.
For more options and information on coloring clay, look at the WORKSHOP pages of my site to find a class near you. If there isn't one, consider recommending my workshops to an Arts Center in your area.