Exploring the Textures of Clay
In anticipation of our Thanksgiving feast, Brown Room has been hard at work preparing our clay pieces for the tablescape decorations. Some of last week’s slabs went into the kiln over the weekend, and the difference in texture sparked conversation during the printing and glazing processes. We left the kiln fired clay on the same table as the raw, wet clay slabs and several children took note of the difference in color, feel and malleability.
Fay and Ford shared a similar conversation during the glazing process today. Ford made note that when even he added the underglaze, the brown or "black" coloring of leatherhard clay showed through.
Fay: I’m painting the whole part
Ford: Me too
Fay inspecting the leatherhard clay: This one is wet. We gonna put it in something to dry in. This one has a green crack. Here is an orange crack
Ford: It has leaf cracks
Fay: The top is dry, the bottom is wet
Ford: It’s all black
Tomorrow, we will try a new technique with the glazed, leatherhard clay called sgraffito. Using a pointed tool, children will have a chance to scratch a design into the clay and reveal the natural clay color underneath the glaze colors.