A visit with architects Susan Ubbelohde and George Loisos in Oakland, CA last summer led to a conversation about me making a backsplash for the 14" X 38" space behind the sink in their loft apartment. My friends have a collection of fiesta ware and I used these colorful dishes as the inspiration for my abstract design. I also included a sailboat image because Susan and George are renovating a wooden boat.
Once the design was approved, I used underglazes to paint the imagery on 4 X 4 bisque tiles, and then glazed them with a shiny clear glaze. After the first firing there were a few areas that I wanted to re-work because I didn't like the look of the brushstrokes. So I carefully painted those areas with an opaque colored gloss glaze. Everything looked great after the second firing EXCEPT for one tile that had a little piece of the kiln brick stuck to it.
I spent about ten minutes sanding the area with a rough sandpaper.
Then I sanded for a few more minutes until the offending piece of brick was removed.
Now I will re-fire this one tile and I hope that will be it!
Here are a couple of details that show the dots and dashes that I love because they make everything vibrate.
Thank you to Jill Curtis for her assistance with this project.