Thursday, July 26, 2018

Making slip for slip trailing on pottery

I've always loved adding slip trail details to my pottery.  I love the texture on the finished pots.    This is how I make my slip.  

* Clay (I use the same clay body, that I use for making pots)
* A mixing cup or bowl
* Distilled water
* Immersion blender

I shred moist clay 
(helps with dust control

let it dry out completely

Put about 1 cup of distilled water in a mixing cup, then slowly add dry shredded clay until the clay stops absorbing water and a layer of dry clay accumulate above the water line.  Let the clay and water sit for 20 minutes.

Mix with the immersion blender until nice soft peaks happen.  

Store in a wide mouth air-tight container.

squeeze the air out of the slip trail bottle and submerge opening into slip to fill.

Now you're ready to rock the slip trailing.

Some of my recent slip trail work.

On a personal note.. Life has been crazy.   There never seems to be enough time to do the things we want to do.  (humm, wasn't that lyrics to a song?) 

I just celebrated my 56th!   I'm never embarrassed of getting older.  Always thankful for another year of life and proud to be another year wiser.  

me and my sweetheart

This Summer has been busy.   We spent lots of time with the GrandKiddos.  

I spend as much time as I can in the pottery studio.  Hope to have a couple more firings before the Christmas rush.

Hope you all are doing well!   

Love to all,