Ceramic - Pottery Dictionary

by Susan Mussi

LETTERING - Trailing

ca: LLETRES - Fetes a raig

es: PALABRAS- Reguero

TRAILING WORDS; trailing can be done on dry clay, bisque or a glaze-base. Work out carefully the layout of your words. You can draw with a lead pencil on to clay or bisque or, as with a glaze-base, you can mark on your design with vegetable ash as it will all burn away when fired. It is very important to know what you are doing. Work on a flat surface and, if small enough, work on a wheel and use a banding bridge or bar to steady your hand. Knowing how to control the amount of slip that dispenses from the trailer is very important. When finished, it is covered with a layer of glaze.