Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Last night's ceramics class

A little progress:

The 4 walls have been successfully fired (one dislocation which, apparently, is fixable with epoxy resin).

But there wasn't a suitably coloured glaze in the college collection so Pauline, the lecturer, is bringing something in from home next week.

Once glazed, the walls will then be glued together, also with epoxy resin.

I held the walls in position to see what the effect will be.

Dislocation apparent in bottom right wall.



 
Bearing in mind the shrinkage which occurs in clay at different rates and at different stages of the process, it's amazing that the pieces fit together as well as they do.

In the meantime, I experimented with a terracotta tile. The hairdryer is used to dry the clay to 'leatherhard' whereupon it can be worked on.


Dissolving porcelain in water to make the 'slip'
One then paints the tile with the 'slip'.


And then scrapes out further detail with a knife or some such.




After Christmas, when the class resumes (still two more left before then), I'm going to use this porcelain slip technique to make a tiled mural as a townscape background for the layout.

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French House Music of the 1990s:

Continuing to go through my old French electronica CDs.


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Last night's dinner:

Didn't feel hungry, so just had two poached eggs.


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Poetry:

My boss likes poetry and after that encounter last week with 'Adlestrop' I've decided to make more of an effort to read the stuff and get satisfaction from it.

Today, he gave me the book in the above photograph.

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