Fox & Fish
8″ x 8″ x 3/8″, Cook Inlet glacier clay, multiglaze, cone 6 oxidation.
This design made it into Lark’s 500 Tiles that came out in 2008. The tile in the book has a clear copper glaze, whereas the tile in this post is multiglazed. I like to change the coloring or glazing of the tile over time. I guess the artist in me is always looking for something different, sort of like variety in uniformity. The plate used to make the tile is a matte board with different kinds of paper cut out and glued together with gesso and acrylic medium. Three thicknesses of paper were used: 300 lb., 140 lb., and 20 lb. The scales of the fish were cut from the 20 lb. printer paper (the scales in this photo are covered by an opaque blue glaze). It’s amazing that ink will collect in the edge of such a thin piece, but it also wears away pretty fast. This plate might be good for twenty or so printings on clay before it has to be remade.