Saturday, August 23, 2008

Terra Sigillata

This was a piece that was quick and easy to make. I stamped the texture into wet clay with an antique batik stamp and the tore the edges to give it a primitive, organic look. After the bisque firing it received a generous coat of terra sigillata which is a lustrous coating of wet clay that acts as a sealer. In this case it was to highlight the texture after I applied the beautiful golden glaze you see here. During the glaze firing, most of the terra sigillata burns away but sticks in the nooks to help the texture in the clay to stand out. I love this little piece and love the crackle in the glaze if you look closely.

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