Friday, May 14, 2010
Trees and Tiles
Catalpa Tree bloom
We have these Catalpa Trees on the other side of the pond. They have bloomed every year we have lived here, but nothing like this year. They are covered.
Mark brought me back a bloom the other night while he was out fishing. I had never seen one up close and I am amazed at their beauty.
Just think they have been right here under my nose all these years and I forgot to look at them!
Funny how we have those moments where we forget to take in what is around us.
A quick congratulations to Hitomi amd Takuro - baby boy born last night around 8 pm!
The tile back splash is coming along, as long as things dry out the way I want them.
I say I - but Mark jumped in to help me.
I am using a cone 6 clay body from Highwater Clays.
I like the red stone for tiles and hand building. It could probably have a bit more of grog in it for the size of these tiles.
I have high hopes I can pull this off with the clay body as is.
I am rolling the tiles to 3/4 of an inch and then carving away 1/4th of an inch for the design.
The customer wants a heavy relief on the tiles. She loves lots of texture and it shows in everything in the house from the tree and water feature that grace the foyer, to the leaf steps that lead down to the lower portion of the house. Lot's of texture and interesting elements in this house.
It takes about 4 to 5 days after rolling the tiles to be ready to lay down the pattern.
I place my plastic transfer on top and trace with a pen.
Then I lightly go over the design.
Cover, weight and leave.
The next day I start removing a layer of clay.
Cover and weight.
Then I really start moving out the clay.
Cover and weight.
As the tile becomes more dry and I have hit my mark on the thickness I clean up the design.
Cover and wait.
And cross fingers.....
This group is now under plastic on old refrigerator shelf for air drying- nice and slow.
Meanwhile, it is time for a gas load.
Mark has been busyfiring the electric kilns to get all the pots ready for planning.
Today- no tiles on to stoneware.