Sarah Halford

Architecture and Ceramics

Stamping aboot

My not-very-secret project is to make tiles for my newly fitted kitchen. I thought I would show some of my tiles here without showing the finished project, as it’s not actually finished yet!

In my working life, it’s most efficient to take a linear approach to the work of designing buildings. Everything has to get pushed forwards ‘as one’, with all parts working together logically and with a rigour and rationality.

In my personal ceramic projects I like to play around a bit more, and free my mind up to explore techniques and outcomes that might happen during experimentation. It takes longer to get things done, and if I had ‘a client’ I imagine they wouldn’t be thrilled to see me ‘at work’ faffing with one thing for a while, turning my attention to something else, forgetting everything around me while reading a book for a bit, and chatting away if there’s someone else in the studio. But I am my own client, and I don’t care!

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I love Half Square Triangles, they’re so fun to play around with and make so many different patterns. My brain likes to have a lot of constraints to work with, and a small area in which to play around, or else I find myself overwhelmed with choice. This sort of task is just perfect for a quiet evening meditating on shape and colour.

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I made the same number of black tiles and coloured tiles, so one half of the square is always black and the pattern stands out.

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‘Final’ layout

I’ve decided on a chevron pattern. Partly because in the future I may want to extend the tiles up the wall, and it’s easy to do that with a pattern like this. Partly because there’s a hidden S shape for my name, and partly because I’ve always wanted a Twin Peaks themed flat, and this pattern is like the Red Room floor

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Margery Clinton tiles

Alison had hung onto these lustre and matt black tiles by Margery Clinton, which were left over from a mural of Jonah and the Whale. She kindly donated them to my kitchen 😀 They’ll look amazing behind the hob. They’re bigger than my tiles, but that will still look great in the chevron pattern.

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More!

The non-linear nature of this project extends to the installation. Half the tiles are now up on the kitchen wall waiting to be grouted, the rest are… still in production! Plus, I made a square Chris & Sarah tile to go behind the kettle, which is the most used appliance in the kitchen 😀

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Glazed

It’s a great opportunity to use up those tiny test glazes that are cluttering up my shelves in the studio

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New black tiles

The black tiles in their raw clay form. Some of the black tiles are white stoneware with a black matt or shiny glaze over, and some – like these – are a smooth black clay with clear glaze over. The black clay is sooo beautiful to work with, it’s a deep purply colour like chocolate butter icing, but gets EVERYWHERE so needs about an hour of clean up time after working with it.

These tiles have been stamped with a bisqued clay stamp I made. Stamps a really fun way to quickly make an all over pattern, and you can get lots of different looks with one stamp, I love playing with them.

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This entry was posted on July 26, 2015 by in pottery, various makey things.
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