Impressed clay tile

Ethical Making

Experiment

Heritage

Reinvention

Research

Sustainable

Traditional

Material

Ceramic

Craft

Ceramics

Technique

Tile-making

Properties & Qualities

Application

Architecture Art Exterior Furnishing Furniture Sculpture Wall art Wall cladding Other

Qualities

Opaque Relief detail Sustainable eco-friendly Texture/tactile Traditional

Sample Information

Date of Creation

7/4/2022

Dimensions

14cm x 14cm x 14 cm

Process & Production

This is a slab of clay impressed with a found object. The object in this case is a wooden log that has been modified by an insect (possibly Termites).

The clay slab is placed flat on the table and the found wooden log is rolled over it like a rolling pin, leaving the negative shapes from the long surface impressed onto the clay. A tile cutter is then used to cut the clay square when it is leather hard.

In this case the clay used was a mixture of 50% commercial white Earthenware and 50% local terracotta brick clay. It will fire to a light brown, but any clay can be used. This may also be glazed to give a different surface quality.

The sample was made at the Oficinas Da Ceramica e Da Terra Monetmor-o-Novo, Portugal: www.oficinasdoconvento.com

Credits

Craft Maker

Mary Conroy

Photographer

Mary Conroy