Colored clay online workshop with Curtis Benzle
Curt shows how to make translucent porcelain bowls using colored clay. Potters will learn how to do Neriage, (also called agateware). They will learn how to make colored clay, how to create Nerikomi patterns and checker board styles, and how to color with colored slips. Mishima. The class includes several decorating techniques.
"Curt was fabulous as a teacher. His teaching style is the perfect blend of clear and detailed instruction, humour, and thoughtful anticipation of questions and concerns. Speaking of questions, he answered everyone's promptly and thoroughly. And he sent lots of images for inspiration. Thank you, Curt! This was a wonderful experience that helped me through some very cold, dark days of prairie winter - including a two week polar vortex!!" Heidi (Canada)
In Curt's own words: The techniques we will cover will work with ANY white clay. It is always best to begin with powdered clay but other than that any white clay works. You can also use a moist clay---dry it thoroughly and then crush it to pea sized pieces. It will work like powdered clay(although you should sieve it while wet in slip form). The virtues of #89 and #108 are their translucency. If that matters they work great. If it does not matter, use any white clay. (Also, there are many commercial, translucent clays that will work fine as well)