Combustible Mixed Media
A keen area of interest at Ceramic Forms is decorating and design using combustible mixed media with ceramics. We have been exploring this type of surface treatment in the studio for many years now and a considerable amount of knowledge has developed.
It is a key part of our courses that students develop excellent ceramic decorating and glazing skills. In the intensive environment that my classes offer you will be trained on an array of technical decorating skills for ceramics.
In terms of mixed media – essentially, this is adding combustible and non-combustible materials to the clay as a way to enhance surface decoration. After firing in the kiln the magic happens as the mixed media item burns away or is altered leaving amazing patterns and textures in the slip or clay that is left behind.
Combustible materials we might add are things like paper, wood, textiles, wool, grains, seeds, poly balls & plant materials like moss. Non-combustibles would be materials like grogs, perlite and recycled glass. All theses materials make amazing patterns and textures in clay.
The KILN needs to be correctly VENTILATED for these materials. If you are in a shared studio space do not add these materials without permission!
Mixed media materials as well as other materials like slips, clay, glazes, firing, use of tools are all included in the course fees.
Students of all skill levels can explore combustible mixed media.
For lots of examples of this mixed media surface treatement please see my Pinterest Boards.
Here at Ceramic Forms we are big into surface decoration! As a maker I have a special interest in ceramic surface and I am very happy to share my expertise with my students and to train and develop their skills in this area.
Whether its resists such as wax, paper or latex or coloured slip decoration like marbling, stencilling, spotting, feathering, sponging, slip trailing or maybe you’d like to try glazes with different finishes like gloss, reactive, crystalline, matt, satin or dry.
Over the years I have built up a big catalogue of glazes and we have 70 + glazes available to students!
Beautiful mark marking can also be achieved by impressing with wallpaper, stones, shells, leaves, bark, textured rollers or fabric.
In addition, surface techniques like inlaying, combing, sgraffito, carving, cutting, impressing, piercing, burnishing, modelling in relief, clay stamps or terra sigillata – can also be explored.
Students of all skill levels can explore these surface decoration techniques.