Techniques Using Slips

Techniques Using Slips

by John Mathieson




Slip, a form of liquid clay, has been used since ancient times to add color and texture to ceramics. This method of clay decoration, practiced from Rome to Mesoamerica, continues to develop internationally. Slips allow ceramicists to give their works rich, intriguing surfaces in a range of hues. In Techniques Using Slips , expert potter John Mathieson explains how to formulate and apply slips successfully to embellish earthenware, stoneware, and porcelain.

Techniques Using Slips gives step-by-step lessons on working with slips alone or with glaze using a range of firing methods. Beginning with a brief history of decorative slips over the millennia, this handbook guides readers through basic slip mixing and application methods, including sponging, marbling, stenciling, trailing, sgraffito, and inlay. Mathieson and forty of the world's best ceramic artists open their studios as they complete inspiring projects, revealing everything from the clays they use and englobe recipes to firing temperatures. Their artwork and techniques come to life in dozens of full-color photographs. In addition to creative approaches, Techniques Using Slips covers practical aspects of slip work, including equipment recommendations, supplier contact information, and important safety guidelines.

With more than 170 illustrations and clear, encouraging instruction, Techniques Using Slips is a must for any potter's library. Ceramic artists and educators will turn to this handbook again and again for direction and insight.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812221176
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press - University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date: 05/25/2010
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

John Mathieson is a member of the Craft Potters Association of Great Britain and the author of Raku. He works and teaches in Northampton, UK.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6

Introduction 7

1 A Selected History of Using Slips 9

2 Application Techniques 15

3 Mixing Slips 23

4 Colour in Slips 27

Artists' Approaches 29

5 Using Slips Without a Glaze 31

Jenny Mendes 32

Lynda Harris 34

John Maltby 36

David Cooke 38

Alice Ballard 40

Roger Dalrymple 43

Jude Jelfs 44

Rob Burgess at Workbridge 46

Ellen Rijsdorp 48

Sasha Wardell 50

6 Slips and Raku 53

Tim Andrews 54

Steven Branfman 56

Ashraf Hanna 58

7 Slips with Glaze at Earthenware Temperatures 61

Richard Phethean 62

James Bassett 67

Jennifer Hall 70

Ross Emerson 72

Dylan Bowen 75

Françoise Dufayard 77

Ron Philbeck 79

Graham Hudson 82

Douglas Fitch 84

Michael Eden 86

Niek Hoogland 88

John Pollex 92

Clive Bowen 94

Paul Young 98

8 Slips with Stoneware and Porcelain 103

Yo Thom 104

Jim Malone 107

Motoko Wakana 110

Fritz Rossmann 112

Megan Collins 114

Rachel Wood 115

Roger Cockram 118

Mike Dodd 119

Rebecca Harvey 121

John Mathieson 123

9 Slips with Salt and Soda Glazing 127

John & Jude Jelfs 128

Reuben Batterham 130

Mirka Golden-Hann 132

Glossary 136

Health & Safety 137

Websites 138

Bibliography 139

Suppliers 141

Index 143

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