Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Game Tiles

I've been silkscreening graphics onto these little round ceramic tile shapes and the kids started playing with them and making up games. I wanted to see what they would do with more designs. Not having a lot of designs screened at the time I printed out more and used a round hole paper cutter and glued them on the bisque tiles. They held up pretty well considering the abuse they get.

Mission San Fernando Field Trip

Tommy, my nine year old, gets to do a project on one of the missions that dot the coastline here in California. Lucky for us the one he choose was close enough go see in person. Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana. Cool place I would recommend stopping by if you get the chance. We saw one other person the whole time we were there.

Ceramic Tile Logo

     I was trying different logo ideas out on the back of the tiles and even had a rubber stamp made of one. But I ended up changing my mind on the design and the rubber stamp didn't give a really bold impression in the clay. This little Dremel tool worked pretty good and gave me the hand made look I wanted. I used a copier printout with a little acetone on the back to transfer the drawing to the piece of wood. I could have just used clay and pressed it into the finished design and fired it but that would have taken too long. I ended up using some plumbers epoxy, it sets up really quick and is hard as a rock.

Ceramic Decals on Various Clay Bodies

These are small test tiles of Stoneware clay bodies (Mid Range Cone 5) from Laguna. The decals held up pretty good , but on some, due to the glaze more than the clay, the decal started to pull back.

Ceramic Decal on Shocking Red Colored Bowl

The beauty of the 99 cent stores here in LA. is you can pick up ceramic pieces and re-fire them and not be too heart broken if it fails to work. Heres a little bowl that I picked up and tried a decal on. Rather shocking color combo, wouldn't you say?

Ceramic Decal experiments

Hi, Been awhile, time to catch up. Right! So I went through various experiments with decals. In the first photos I used stencils with underglaze to put down some color. And in the lower photo you can see me inking the silkscreen and screening it to decal paper, and the results after firing.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Right from the Kiln

Heres a look at the decals fired, right out of the kiln. The black toner has turned a dark brown sepia color which is nice. It looks as though the iron oxide in the decal has fused quite well with the original glaze. Not bad for a first go at it.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Ceramic Decals

I'm on a new adventure experimenting with ways to apply surface decoration to ceramics. Man it's not easy to find information on making these things. These are laser jet print outs using an HP Laser Jet 1022, using a special toner cartridge of iron oxide, printed on decal paper and then applied to the ceramics. Problem with these is your limited to black only, the higher the temperature you fire them the more sepia tone they become. Depending on what kind of glaze your applying them to determines how high you need to fire them. You want to fire just below what the piece was fired at so that the decal will fuse to the piece. These photos are pre firing btw, they're on a porcelain ceramic so it is going to turn pretty sepia when fired.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Ceramic Birdhouses


What bird would use these houses I don't know, but it would be great for keeping the the other birds away. Right? Stoneware clay, driftwood, leather and rope.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Mosaic Mirror

Here's a look at my process putting together a mosaic mirror.

I start by using mastic to glue the edge tiles on a wooden frame. That creates
a channel to drop my tiles into. The tiles are loose at this point. The frame
has a recess on the back side that the mirror will fit into.

Here I have all the tiles laid out the way I want them.

Next I like to use this broken Italian floor tile that has been tumbled to
fill in around the color tiles.

Finally the fun part - grouting. I find the black grout gives me the best
contrast and makes the colors really pop.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Los Osos Tile Installation

This was a project I did for a friend of mine up in Los Osos, California. A tiny little beach community just above Morro Bay. It gets cold up there during the winter and a lot of the beach shacks have free standing fire places. So my friend Mark and I built a platform for his fireplace and I created some custom tiles for it inspired by a persian carpet design. I made press tiles for the boarder tiles and hand cut the large pieces it's all stoneware. The out side is a Mexican tile I thought the color set it off nice. The windows above look out over the ocean I'll have to get back up there soon to get some pictures.  Fun project

20" Round Table Top

Nice little round table top. I broke up some Italian floor tile an tumbled them to soften up the edges for the broken bits.

Monday, March 19, 2012

10x10 Trivets

Round Mosaic Table

This little end table is 20'' in diameter and stands about 24' tall. All the tiles are my own designs hand cut  pressed and glazed. I used broken Italian tile in the center that I tumbled first  to remove the sharp edges. The base was also my creation, about as fancy as I'll ever want to get with a welder.