2VocabVignette - A decorative design or small illustration used on the title page of a book or at the beginning or end of a chapter.Foreground - the part of a scene or representation that is nearest to and in front of the spectatorMiddle ground - a standpoint or area midway between extreme or opposing positions, options, or objectivesBackground - the part of a painting representing what lies behind objects in the foreground
3AssignmentYou will make a 6”X9” or 8”X8” (your choice) clay bas- relief tile with underglaze decoration.Your tile should have a border of at least ½ inch.You will start with a ¾ inch slab, cut your tile, and allow it to dry overnight.Your carved design will illustrate a “vignette”. You will design your own, NO CARTOONS!!! You must make an original picture.You may choose a picture that is your own but it must be your own photograph.
4You will illustrate a single vignette, being sure to include a foreground, middle ground, and background.When your design sketch is completed, you will transfer your design to your leather hard clay tile.After bisque firing, you will decorate your tile with liquid underglaze colors. You may apply a clear gloss glaze or leave the matte finish of the underglazes.
5Step 1Roll a ¾ inch slab and cut to size; Store, covered, on a board. If you want your tile to hang on a wall, you will need to drill holes or create a slot on the back to capture a wall hanger.
6Step 2Design your illustration, being sure to allow for a border of at least ½ inch. Shade to differentiate the foreground, middle ground, and background areas. Include interesting patterns within the design, to be carved as textures in your clay slab.
7Step 3Transfer your design to your leather hard slab. You can lay your design directly on the slab and pierce through the paper with a needle tool, making very shallow evenly spaced dots to guide you in drawing your design on the clay.
8Step 4Refer to your sketch as you carve, keeping in mind the three distinct levels of foreground, middle ground, and background. Keep each level in a single plane. Differentiate areas of your design using varied textures on the clay surface.
9Step 5Allow your tile to dry on your open wire shelf to allow air to circulate and prevent warping.
12Grading Flat clean Slab Smooth edges, the corners are square A clear Foreground, Middle Ground and BackgroundSize is 6x9 or 8x8½ Inch boardersNeatness & CraftsmanshipTime spent wellProper use of glazing Techniques!