#TuesdayTip How to Slip Inlay for Pottery Projects
by Sarah Emond, M.A. in Sculpture and 92Y Instructor
Slip—a suspension of water in clay for the purposes of decoration.
- Carve a groove approximately 1/16 of an inch deep into leather hard clay.
- Apply slip into and over the grooves with a paint brush and wait until it is completely dry.
- When it is dry, use a metal rib tool to scrape the excess slip away.
- Scrape in the same direction as the groove in order to keep the groove free of the clay body.
In the picture, the vertical grooves were carved by hand when the clay was leather hard. The horizontal groove was carved on the wheel when the cup was bone dry. You can clearly see the difference in edges and straightness of the groove.
Ready to learn more and experiment with slips on your own? Get started in a Basic Handbuilding and Wheel class with Sarah this summer!