I’ve always loved the texturing of old utility poles. They’re a ubiquitous sight in the city and no two look alike. Some are cracked and weathered from the sun and rain; some are charred; some have creosote and chemicals leeching out. I wanted to recreate each variation in a ceramic tile wall mosaic that could be displayed indoors.
basic clay tools (slab wire, needle tool, sponge)
spray mold release
Step 1: roll a slab of clay
Using a rolling pin, roll a chunk of wet clay into a slab. I’m using a basic ceramic clay (EM-210) because it’s easy to work with and cheap. Wood sticks (1/2in thick) placed on either side will ensure an even thickness. Heavy canvas placed underneath will prevent the clay from sticking to the table.