dirt and tiles

I have had a lot of fun this week making slips out of the dirt/clay from the farmland of my father's family that has been passed down since our ancestors settled there over 200 years ago.  Here are a few photos of the process.  I dug in four different areas on the farm in an effort to gather various pigments.  I have successfully fired clay slabs that were slapped directly into the raw particles (to embed the particles if you will), and I am now continuing to test out slips made out of each dried clay body after sifting them and adding various degrees of Nepheline Syenite (flux) and water.  If several of the tests work, I hope to use them throughout the semester in preparation for my Exit Show on December 11th!  

 These are the test tiles before they were fired.  Stay tuned for the results! 

These are the test tiles before they were fired.  Stay tuned for the results!