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Texture Mats For Clay
One of the easiest ways to decorate your clay has got to be a texture mat. Not only are there a ton of designs available, you can do so many things with them. I'm in love with the Brick Pattern by Chinese Clay Art USA!
I've used that one in particular, for multiple pieces, and absolutely love the ease of use, detailed design, and flexible material. A little creativity is all you need to make it exciting!
Let's take a look at some of the patterns available.
How to use the mats:
- Roll out a slab of clay
- Lay the brick mat on the clay
- Roll over the mat with a rolling pin or dowel to impress the pattern
- Now, you can use the whole slab for a project, or you can cut pieces out of the slab and attach them to a piece you've already made.
- This is an example of how I used pieces cut from the slab
- After scoring, slipping and attaching the brick piece to the chiller I already had made, I bisque fired to Cone 06
- Since I used a white clay for the brick, it was really easy... I used a sponge to apply Amaco Pottery's Choice Deep Firebrick glaze to the raised surface of the bricks, allowing the white to show and look like mortar
- Then, I covered the brickwork with wax resist, then dipped the entire piece in Coyote Cone 6 Mottled Pams Blue, and fired to Cone 6
- I did not clear coat the bricks, so the areas that were not glazed would retain a "rough" feel, making it more realistic
How about another example?
- Follow the steps above to apply the texture to your clay
- For this piece, I used underglazes to decorate the raised patterns on the surface.
- Fire to Cone 06
- Clear glaze, then fire to Cone 6
- The mat used for this one is Chinese Clay Art USA - Flower Patterns
Just a couple mat design options....
The possibilities are unlimited when it comes to texture so, jump on the Texture Mat page on our website, pick out a few that fit your style, create some awesome pieces, then send us your pictures... we can't wait to see what you come up with!
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