Here's my process:
- The images are etched/lightly drawn onto the tiles when they are slightly less firm than leather hard. That way the clay doesn't stick as your carve it away.
- After you've got the basic premiss outlined on your tiles...the fun begins. Carving away the negative space! I started with the obvious negative space, and carved about 1/8" down. The tiles themselves are approximately 1/4" thick. I wanted to make sure I had plenty of depth to carve and make these suckers come alive. I think I did a pretty good job. *pats self on back* My personal absolute FAVORITE is the Native inspired horse. It looks even better all underglazed.
- The next thing I did, was assemble all of the individual tiles into the box. I mitered all the edges, scored and slipped, then attached with gentle but firm pressure all along the edges. As I assembled the tiles, I reinforced the inside seams with a coil of clay. The coil of clay was smoothed into the tiles so it looks like a seamless join.
- Once joined, the accent under glazing began. The whole box didn't get detailed, just certain areas that I wanted to have control of for the details. With glaze, sometimes you never know how it's going to run...so for detail work, I prefer to use under glazes and then just cover it with a clear topcoat to seal it all in and make it pretty. :) At this stage, the tiles are still leather hard. I also added/sculpted a tad bit, making the box even more 3-dimensional. One side was a unicorn...and I added
- And for now...that's it. I'll leave you with a few more images (because there's obviously not enough in this post..hehehe) of the under glazed tiles. Can't wait to see how it all turns out. Stay tuned for the glaze/finished product post soon to come!