Ok, it's official. I am in love! Oh, terra sigillata, how I love thee. Let me count the ways. This MIGHT even be better than chocolate. Wait, what am I saying? Have I lost my mind! That could be possible.
I owe this new wave of insanity to Jenny Mendes. She is an absolutely wonderful ceramic artist who decorates her work primarily using terra sig. She spent a month at Chico State working and sharing her knowledge with the students. There was a wonderful article about her techniques published in March on Ceramic Arts Daily. Jenny left this week and gave us her terra sig to play and experiment with. So far I have just put the red terra sig, made from redart, on these new tile tests. It felt like I was brushing silk onto my tiles! I've never worked with this before and let me say, I was really missing out. Thank you, Jenny! I have been sworn by my instructors to share all experiments and results. How can I not? This is soooo much fun! I want everyone to try it out. I found myself fondling my tiles last night. They were so smooth and soft. Did I tell you? I have gone nutz! In the picture above you can see the difference in the before and after. The lighter tile on the bottom left is a funny, pink recycled clay I made last spring. All the other ones have the terra sig. Now, if I can just figure out what else I want to do with them. So many colors of terra sig to choose from. What will I ever do?