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Re: [teacherartexchange] Advise needed on finishing sculptue project


From: Jeff Pridie (jeffpridie_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Oct 18 2006 - 17:37:57 PDT


Due to my budget I have developed a way of painting
red earthenware with tempra paint then seal it with a
matt gloss. I first have students paint the project
black and then wipe off most of the black. The black
stains the red surface and settles in the groves and
indents of the texture. I then have them apply a
single or multiple earthtone color(s) to the surface.
The colors are drybrushed on so the surface is still
visible somewhat. It gives the pieces an old/aged
look keep the pieces organic. I then seal the works
with matt gloss. Just a suggestion.

Jeff (minnesota)

--- Joe Cox <> wrote:

> I need some advise on how to motivate students to do
> try a technique that
> they believe to be ugly. We just finished a project
> where the students
> created small bust sculpture using 5 pinch pots
> using a red earthenware
> clay. We put two pinch pot together to form the
> head and the three
> remaining are lined up and attached to form the
> shoulders. They sculpt the
> face and hair and attach the head to the shoulders.
> The project always
> turns out great until we start to finish them. I
> want the students to put a
> red iron oxide wash on the sculptures. That
> technique has always been my
> preferred way of finishing a sculpture done in clay.
> When I show the
> student an example of this technique it is usually
> an overwhelming ugg.
> They think the technique is ugly, where I love the
> natural bueaty of the red
> clay and the iron wash. They want to glaze them but
> I think that the glaze
> obscures the detail of the sculpture.
> So my question is does anyone know of a good
> finishing treatment for red
> earthenware sculpture that would appeal to both
> teacher and students. Or
> how do I develop an appreciation for something that
> is organic when all the
> studnets know and want are things that look bright
> and colorful and massed
> produce.
> Blessing,
> Joe
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