Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
Categories: clay, process

Sometimes your bucket of “colored” slip doesn’t seem to be so colorful?!

And sometimes it seems as though your “colored” slip matches your clay body. Which really makes it tough to see what you’re painting… and what you’ve already painted. So why not make it easier to see?

I like to add a few drops of food coloring into my slip bucket. Not only does it look REALLY COOL when it hits & spreads… but then it sort of fans out in really cool trickles. Then when you stir it all together, your colored slip will have some more color to it. And it will be much easier to see as you’re painting on your slip accents. When you’re firing, any residual food coloring will burn away well before the slip starts to set.

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