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Learn how to decorate pottery with a slip and shredded paper
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Decorating with slip and shredded paper
Good evening, youtubers. What’s up? This is Off Centered Potter here. It has been while since I made a video and I was working on a studio today. I wanted to show you what I was going to do with this tall vase. This is a vase that just finished throwing. It is made with B13 brown clay by Laguna Company.
And what I am going to do now that I thrown the piece, I trimmed the bottom on the wheel, so I do not have to do a lot of trimming later. And what I am going to do is I am going to decorate now with some porcelain slip. The first I am going to do is I am going to put some shredded paper on the side of the pot as we all know shredded paper is no match for the heat of the calm, so it will burn away during the basic firing process and we will help us with the design. So at this time, I am applying the paper the way I wanted. I am going to use some slip from the bucket and use that slip to just gently dab on the paper here to get the paper to stick on the side of piece.
Okay, I am done with the stage and as you can see the paper is on there somewhat randomly, but it is strategically plays. So the next thing we are going to do is we are going to apply porcelain slip to the side of the piece.
Okay, so here we have our porcelain slip that we are going to use to decorate that side of the piece. Also, joining us today is my dog Roily. You can see, he likes to hang out sometimes with me in the studio. Porcelain slip is one of my favorite things to together with it, so burst at all. I have a big bucket that I keep on handling all the time that just left over through our water from when I use porcelain and you can do a lot of really cool things with porcelain slip on the side of pieces. You can stain that different with stains. You can brush it on and then use carving tools and carve it away. You can really do all kinds of need things with them.
But anyway, we want to make sure that the slip is not too thick because if it is too thick on the side of the piece, it will shrink at a different rate on the clay of the piece and we will separate either before firing or during firing. So we just kind of wanted use it sparingly.
And so, what we are going to do is we are just going to do dip our brush and the porcelain slip spin the wheel and watch it go. Okay, so we get our wheel going, just put the slip on with the brush. Just ignore the paper that is there and you just kind of—can do all kinds of different things with this. You can have it on an evenly. You can put it on one even coat. You can have it stick around the bottom and then trade away at the top. You can have it thick around the top and trade away at the bottom.
Okay, this is what I have now and as you can see that porcelain has pot on different little pieces of the paper to—which that would be interesting.
So the next thing I am going to do now is I am going pull the paper away. I could just leave the paper on and let it burn away, but I want to show you what it did. So I am going to go ahead and pull it off today. Okay, so I am just going to use this pair of tweezers and just gently folded the paper and just gently pull it away.
Okay, so we are done removing the paper and now you can kind of see what we have underneath, kind of fun design. I could use a clean sponge and gently very, very gently spin the wheel and just kind of soften those lines a bit or it could leave them quite harsh or it could let get ladder hard and just kind of gently rub them and blend them so they do not have such harsh lines. I have a lot of different options here.
The other thing that I could do is I could do apply more paper in a different color of slip and just layer this design, but I like to keep it simple and I like this piece the way it is. So, we will fire it and then probably put a code of clear glaze on the top.