A finished salmon tile panel [ 4 feet long], after framing.
An old Moorish / Arab technique which is a ceramic version of batik in which hot wax and manganese dioxide are drawn directly onto the unglazed tiles to produce bold and energetic outlines. These lines then create a resistant barrier to glazes in the next firing allowing many different coloured glazes to be used alongside each other without undue spreading or running into each other, creating a slightly raised glaze surface relative to the darker outlines.
A more complex form of this technique uses multiple layered glazes, sometimes 20 plus [ see both salmon panels], this can be more subtle, but equally the results are much more variable and one has to be open to chance!
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Leaping wrasse tiles from a bathroom scheme. Pale blue main background glaze.
Glaze being applied to the unglazed tiles round the wax outlines
Fired cuerda seca runner duck kitchen tile panel for a stove recess, with a chequered border.
Single cuerda seca 6″ tiles, vegetables / kitchen tile scheme.
Cauliflower 4 tile panel .
Initial scale drawings for the client and full sized working drawing.
Salmon tile panel , glazed not yet fired.
The finished salmon tile panel 4 feet long, after framing.
A small feature panel for a shower fitting in to the layout of larger bought plain tiles.
Crouched man.Framed figurative tile panel using soft colours. 153mm. 6″ tiles.
cuerda seca deco tiles for a bathroom
Leaping salmon tile panel
Fish tail tile