Perception was a wall piece. 28″ by 12″
I made the design in paper. I numbered each section and I transferred to a thick plastic to put on the clay. After I used the slab roller to make the tile. For this project I used a thick surface, laminate plywood 1.5 “, covered in plastic. When I put the clay on top I covered the borders too.
I tried to keep the borders in place using foam tape and plastic strips around the piece. I think next time I would like to use a ratchet tie down.
I fired cone 04
I glazed and fired cone 04
I used a little brown grout in the frame.
I tried to use different surfaces to make tiles flat. I tried wood, plywood and drywall covered with canvas. In the past when I was working with very thin wood surfaces I had problems with warping corners or deformed pieces. The wood surface absorbs humidity from the clay and starts warping, therefore the piece warps too. A rigid surface is the best choice. I had better results with 1″ Plywood or drywall.
I think everything depends on the scale of the piece that you are doing. Small pieces can be very flat and dry evenly when you place the piece on rigid metal store rack surface. Laura Reuter wrote a great article about it.
The pieces below were made using four different clay bodies including porcelain. I used a drywall surface but I set an other drywall board on top to apply weight.
1. Rigid surface. Plywood 1″ thick or drywall.
2. Score in the back.
3. Always put plastic on top and bottom.
4. Large scale pieces are better to make on a big table, and if possible only move it to put in the kiln.
5. For making a relieve piece, put little weights on the corners to prevent warping.
I collected all my panoramic pictures from the city of Saint Petersburg for a couple years. I love the architectural landscape, especially the view from the pier.
I made my own sketch of the city.
I divided the sketch of the city into four sections. With the slab roller I created the tiles. I left it to dry for a day. I put a board on top of each. I transferred the design to the tiles. I found the best stage to carve porcelain is leather hard. You have to work very fast to avoid cracks. I keep the four tiles together when I carve the city, continuing the buildings over the borders. Using the same surface thickness boards helps. Remember to cover the parts that you don’t work on with plastic.
The City of Saint Petersburg, Florida
View from the Saint Petersburg Pier The way we perceive the magnificent view of the city, refined buildings with sea life that shows a great architectural harmony, These pieces are carved in porcelain, 2014
These pieces are carved in porcelain, 2014
48″ x 13″
For years I wanted to do this piece, I am very happy with the results.
Carving geometry and human connection.
Carving tiles, the frame was made with individuals carving pieces