Today I spent most of the day making loads of coloured slips, for my Sgraffito work.
I had 7 different coloured stains, which I bought from Bath Potters.
Azure / Black / Emerald / Coral / Violet / Honey / Sepia.
The first thing to do was to get my equipment together. I needed a clean bucket, water jug, 120 gauge sieve, a bowl and a stick mixer. You can use a wooden spoon but it’s a bit quicker with a mixer.
I weighed out 200g of ball clay powder, 200g of china clay powder, 20g of stain and roughly a litre of water.
I put all the powders (whilst wearing a mask of course) and the water into a large clean bucket.
Once that was done it was time to run the coloured slip through a 120 gauge sieve, and into a clean bowl, to make sure there was absolutely no lumps left.
I then poured it into a lidded container and labelled it. As slips can look a bit different to the powder colour once mixed.
Then I had to thoroughly clean every piece of equipment properly so not to cross contaminate the next mix.Can’t wait to try these out now.