HOW TO STACK YOUR CLAY | Chris Campbell

There are many options for stacking your colored clay. All of the above are stacks or more simply, stripes.

My beginning point is usually a sheet of Skinner Blended Color.



The simplest is to stack them with or without slip.

You can stack them in any order or thickness you want.




If you want to mix up the colors or thicknesses, do it before you start stacking them. This way you are sure of the color shifts you are creating.




Layers do not have to be precise. They can also be stacked free form for a loose wavy pattern. Once again, slip use is optional and depends on what look you are going for.

The color differences between layers are not always this easy to see before firing, but afterwards they are bright and obvious.


If you want to cut them into exact thicknesses for distinct stripes you need to let them set up a bit so they can hold their shape.

  

Apply a thin coating of colored slip between the layers to create a thin shadow or just spritz with water for a softer look.  

NOTE*** When storing your striped patterns you should place them on end as shown above. If you stored these stripes horizontally the bottom layer would soon be squashed into a flat line by the weight of the clay pressing down on it.

Another way to stack clay is to simply roll it out thin and fold it.

I cut the patterned loaves by placing the loaf on a level surface between a pair of rulers. I pull the cutting wire towards me while resting it on the rulers to control the thickness of the slice.


If you keep a selection of rulers on hand you can quickly slice any thickness. You can also mix the thicknesses to have an angled slice.

Another useful tool for cutting slices …

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For more options and information on coloring clay, look at the  WORKSHOP pages of my site to find a class near you. If there isn't one, consider recommending my workshops to an Arts Center in your area.

  

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