Friday, December 25, 2009

Terra Sig

Terra Sigliata, meaning sealed earth, is a pot finish as old as clay. It's really clay on clay, a slip made with a fine-grained mix of earth and water. The mix is allowed to settle out until only the top layer with the finest grains of clay remains.

I've only done a couple of terra-sig pieces and that was in a workshop using gas reduction. It was interesting,

The blue flashes on this tile were the result of an application of a final layer made up of a mix of chicken feed and chicken poop. Who knew?

After the tile came out of the kiln, I applied brush strokes of black paint.

1 comment:

Linda Starr said...

What an interesting experiment; must be some great minerals in that chicken poop.