When I was trying to decide what to write about today, I remembered a post a few months back on the BOC Yahoo chat. A newbie was asking, what kind of clay should I use? A mention was made about red clay. To which another BOC member responded "I don't know why anyone would want to use red clay." So I thought that would be a good topic. Why do I sometimes use red clay?
I like the look of fired, unglazed red clay. I don't like the way it looks by itself, with clear glaze over it. But, with other glazed colors next to it, it can be beautiful. Especially with blue, which creates a complimentary color scheme of blue/orange; the color really pops.
Using colored glazes over red clay gives a whole new look to the glazes. The red clay dulls the colors of the glazes, and without any effort at all, other than changing the clay one is using, a whole new color palette opens up.
Here are some pictures of a few pieces I have made with red clay.
|Red clay bead; with turquoise, green and blue underglaze, wiped off the raised areas to let the red clay show, and glazed with clear.|
|This is the reverse side of the above bead.|
|Another bead like the last one, but with a different texture.|
|Red clay beads with dark green underglaze and clear glaze.|
|Red clay bead with underglaze and some crystal glazes on top.|
|I left a lot of the red clay showing on this ornament, on the tree and also on the border.|
|I made this pendant a few years ago. I rolled out the red clay, dabbed on underglazes and then added texture. I glazed it with translucent matte.|