Monday, November 16, 2009

Freshman IFA fall projects - Ceramics

Currently on display are tiles made by freshmen in Ms. Irina Okula's Introduction to Fine Arts class. These tiles were each made individually and then combined and mounted onto a display board. After forming the tiles the students had to polish them smooth. Each student was required to create a recognizable animal, flower or person on one tile. The shapes and lines were created by wrapping or forming copper wire against the tile while it was being fired in the kiln.

All these tiles were fired in a “saggar” pot. The tiles were put in the pot with sawdust soaked in cobalt, yellow ochre, or just left plain, along with a bowl of salt, and then fired in a gas kiln at 1,700 degrees.

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