SchoolArts Magazine

February 2016

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Adding Color and Designs Since we did not have access to col- ored slip that Seminario used, we bisque-fired the tiles and used colored underglaze for decoration. After the tiles were fired, students used pencils to draw their images directly onto the tile surface. Underglaze was later painted on to add color. Students could choose to leave the background blank, showing the red clay, or they could sponge on an underglaze back- ground, then apply a black underglaze for the decorative image. Once the underglazing process was complete and the tiles had been bisque-fired, students could choose to have a shiny or matte finish. For a shiny finish, two coats of clear glaze were carefully applied only to the Photographs by Nancy Corrigan Wilbert. underglaze painted area. All tiles were then fired again at cone 06. The results were truly amazing. This unit was a huge success and students were thrilled with their tiles. Those who created triptychs sought methods for adhering them to another surface and grouted the seams. We displayed our ware in the library showcase alongside information about the Nazca Lines and the website for Pablo Seminario. Nancy Wilbert Corrigan is visual arts specialist at Seekonk High School in Seekonk, Massachusetts. wilbertn@ seekonk. k12.ma.us N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Creating: Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work. W E B L I N K www.ceramicaseminario.com Pablo Seminario has devoted his life's work to reviving traditional pre-Columbian potter —its different stages, techniques, and the complexit of its aesthetic elements. SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 29

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