Our Visiting Artist, Laura Nave, is showing us her mad skills with terra sigillata! Have you tried using terra sigillata on your work? Do you know what it is? Curious?
Terra Sigillata loosely translating to “sealed earth” is a fine particle slip applied to bone dry unfired ceramic wares. It can be “burnished” to achieve a smooth silky surface, layered to create visual depth, carved through, and can be used in both functional and sculptural applications. In this workshop you will learn the basics of making and using Terra Sigillata, combining it with other commercial glazes and underglazes and sgraffito techniques. We will discuss how to approach surface decoration. Examples of other ceramics artists using terra sigillata will be shown.
Laura Nave grew up in Kingsville, TX where her parents own and run a sawmill and woodworking business. She completed her BFA in ceramics from University of North Texas in 2014 and MFA from Wichita State University in 2018. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including; Strictly Functional Pottery National, Medalta, and The Wichita National. Laura has participated in studio assistantships at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. Currently, she is a visiting artist at AMOCA Ceramics Studios in Pomona, CA.