clennell on tue 4 jan 05
i have no idea why more people don't use slips as a form of decoration. i
have used them now for over 20 years and i feel they give glazes a depth
that is unprecedented. layering glazes gives depth but the advantage of
slips is you do the decorating when you make the pots. Too often i have seen
people stand there pot in hand and say "What will I glaze this pot in????" I
maintain you should know what glaze you are going to use when you make the
pot on the wheel.
Nothing looks better than fresh slip on a pot. If i could have pots come
out of the kiln looking like that, I'd be one happy camper.
The trick with colouring slips is to use the phrase "excess is never
enough". Slips should be loaded with oxides- 50% iron, 3% cobalt, 30%
rutile,10% zirocopax etc. They have to show their stuff thru a glaze.
Slips give texture, depth and colour. I see pots as naked without them.
Tony and Sheila Clennell
Sour Cherry Pottery
4545 King Street
CANADA L0R 1B1
Lee Love on sat 15 jan 05
>i have no idea why more people don't use slips as a form of decoration. i
>have used them now for over 20 years and i feel they give glazes a depth
>that is unprecedented. layering glazes gives depth but the advantage of
>slips is you do the decorating when you make the pots. Too often i have seen
>people stand there pot in hand and say "What will I glaze this pot in????" I
>maintain you should know what glaze you are going to use when you make the
>pot on the wheel.
At my teacher's workshop, what the pot will look like in the
end, is often known before the pot is thrown. This is because the
kind of clay you use depends upon how the work will be fired and what
glazes and slips will be used with it.. And also, because most of the
work is decorated with inlay, much of the decorating is done before
the pot is bisqued. The only exceptions to this is some iron
brushwork, some glaze trailing and also some enamel decoration. But
even with the enamel, white circles and other slip decoration is laid
down, where the enamel will go.
One of my least favorite things to do is glaze
decorating. Only type of glaze decorating I really like is glaze
trailing and window decoration with resist and kaki. So I was happy
to take up hakame and also slip inlay decoration.
I put up some photos of bisqued work with hakame and inlay
decoration so you can see what it looks like before it is glazed:
Lee in Mashiko, Japan http://mashiko.org
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