This method of creating pattern is inspired by stained glass – an outlined pattern in a solid color, filled in with color.
I began each of these tests by drawing out an image with slip. After the slip dried enough so that the sheen was gone, I filled in the spaces with colored casting slip. Finally I poured casting slip over the back to make the piece thicker and more substantial.
The first test I used casting slip to draw the pattern out, and it was really hard to control and keep it where I wanted. The second one I mixed up a small batch of the slip with out Darvan and this version was much easier to control.
This version of creating pattern isn’t giving me results that I’m as happy with as the Peter Pincus way of working. I have been able to achieve more more precise pattern with the Peter Pincus method. I think this is mainly because I have to free draw these very geometric patterns in this method and in the Peter Pincus method I am able to use stencils instead.
Without thinking I set the second test down on a plastic bat while the back of it was still fairly wet, so unfortunately all I have now is a lot of pieces. I did fire some of these pieces though, and fully fired sample shards are show in the first image. Although the slip with and without darvan has a different color in the green state, they fire to be the same shade of white.
If I decide to work with less precise patterns, this could definitely be a viable way of working. For now though I think the Peter Pincus method is more beneficial.