When I first started back to college in the fall of 2007, my first ceramics class was intermediate mold making. One of the projects was a multiples assignment involving tiles that needed to be 2" high. I started by making a clay positive and then cast it in plaster and used it as a press mold. Being fall, I wanted to use plant materials before everything fell off the trees. I used maple seed pods in this one and rubber stamps for the lettering.
Returning to school was a stressful change and I found myself doing whatever I could to remind myself of peaceful, happy things. These tiles were direct reminders to me of what was important and what I needed to do for myself. I created about 30 tiles, all with different impressions and wording. I was told that the hearts brought to mind the work of Jim Dine and the many heart paintings and sculptures he created.
Most of the tiles were finished in 2007 but I recently unearthed a bunch that I was still doing some tests on and had not finished. The completed tiles had been fired at cone 04. The above tile had a wash of purple mason stain and I glazed it up with a satin clear and fired up to cone 5. I am quite happy with how it came out.
This last one also had purple stain and I applied a combination of commercial red glaze and a crackle glaze that fluxed into the red and added some color variation. This one is also fired to cone 5.
I have had so much that I have needed to catch up on since graduating and then I am really trying to keep myself focused on making sculpture for my portfolio and grad school applications. However, these tiles keep sneaking into my mind and I feel like making a few more. I better use them as a reward for when I get the sculptures finished. They are a nice relief project. Pun intended.
In the meantime I have listed these in my Etsy store. I can't keep everything I make no matter how much I love them or there wont be room to make more. Sigh...
Have a delightful weekend full of peace, stillness and love!