Using clay and object to create a plaster tile
With in the first week we got inducted into clay and plaster. As we where told to not have our phones, unfortunately I did not get any photos on the process of making this piece. I wish I had.
At first I use a rolling pin to be able to make a square shape from the clay about 5 cm thick. Then I used random materials and object within the room to create shapes, textures and patterns to make marks within the clay. Some of the materials I used was; screws, nuts, pinecones, chain, my finger and more.
When I was happy with this I used a knife to cut out a rectangle about 13cm by 14.5cm. What I cut off I used as walls on the edges of the rectangle. I used slip to make sure that there was no hole, where leaks could get out.
Then I moved on to making the plaster, to make the plaster I added 1.5cm of water into a bowl and I started to sprinkle in the plaster. When sprinkling in the plaster I had to keep going till the plaster would stop dissolving into the water, because its to saturated. This would mean I could count to 10 and the plaster would still sit on the top of the water and be white (instead of a grey-ish colour)
Once it was at this point I used my hand to stir the plaster together and thicken it. When it was at a good consistency, then I poured the plaster into my clay mould. all I had to do then was wait for it to heat up and set. Then when it was ready, I removed the clay and carefully. I used a surform to clean up the edges. I also used a slightly wet tooth brush to clean the plaster tile.
Some prosses of my work…..
The final piece…..