PhyllisPacin

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PhyllisPacin

3 Sales On Etsy since 2011

Announcement   Raku-fired hand textured tile. My raku tile work results in a number of different forms designed to enhance your home including individual tiles that can be used in wall installations (backsplashes, trim tiles, murals) as well as used for coasters and such. I also create free-hanging artwork out of groups of tiles that can be moved from room to room like any picture, and recently I have begun designing free-form personalized “greeting cards.”

I’m excited about the greeting cards, my latest endeavor in the thirty plus years I’ve been playing with clay, since they can commemorate an occasion and at the same time be a piece of original artwork to hang in your home.

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Raku-fired hand textured tile. My raku tile work results in a number of different forms designed to enhance your home including individual tiles that can be used in wall installations (backsplashes, trim tiles, murals) as well as used for coasters and such. I also create free-hanging artwork out of groups of tiles that can be moved from room to room like any picture, and recently I have begun designing free-form personalized “greeting cards.”

I’m excited about the greeting cards, my latest endeavor in the thirty plus years I’ve been playing with clay, since they can commemorate an occasion and at the same time be a piece of original artwork to hang in your home.

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My raku-fired hand textured tile work can enhance anyone's life.

I started my shop so more people can have access to my raku artwork. I have been working in clay for many years and over that time I went from three-dimensional pieces to the flat tile work you see here. It gives me great pleasure for people to see my creations. Some are functional and some are purely decorative.

Since my hand rolled tile making process is different from that of most other tile makers, and the raku process is different from other methods of firing, I have briefly explained how my artwork is made :

I roll out large slabs of clay and I texture them with found objects. Then, when I cut the slabs into tiles, no two have the same textural designs. If I'm making a piece of free-hanging artwork, after the tiles are bisque fired, I lay them out for glazing in the piece’s ultimate geometric shape, and I redraw my previously sketched design onto the tiles with pencil. The impressions in the tiles create a rich underlay for the glaze design.

After I apply the glazes, either by sponging or brushing, I fire the tiles in a small raku kiln, four tiles per batch, until the glazes melt. Then with tongs, I transfer the red-hot tiles into a lidded metal container. Before closing the lid, I strew the tiles with pine needles to start the smoking process. The smoldering pine needles create a reduction atmosphere that pulls oxygen out of the tiles, resulting in vibrant lusters, crackled glazes and velvety, smoke-blackened clay. For me, part of the magic of viewing my finished work is watching how the colors and luster glazes catch the light, causing each piece to change as the light shifts.

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