Tile Making Info

Hello community! Thank you for participating in Sparhawk School's Building a Better World mosaic mural project. We are so excited to see all of the tiles that you create. We have filmed three videos for you showing step-by-step instructions on how to successfully create a tile. Your finished tiles will then be fired in our kiln, glazed, and installed in the community mural, located at Sparhawk Upper School, 4 Noel Street in Amesbury. The installation is scheduled for the spring of 2021. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact, Jen Silver at jsilver@sparhawkschool.com.

Tile Making Step 1

Beginning Your Tile Making Process

Prepare your workstation by clearing a table or flat surface to work. Next, layout newspaper or an od table cloth over your surface to protect your table. Open up your tile kit and carefully remove your clay slab from the plastic. Collect the following items and have them available on your work surface, and then watch the video how-to. 

  • dull butter knife
  • fork
  • q-tip
  • small bowls
  • water
  • pencil and scrap paper
  • additional mark making tools like straws, a paperclip, toothpicks, popsicle sticks, etc.

Tile Making Step 2

Choosing Your Technique

We are going to teach you two really fun and interesting processes that you can use to create visual interest on your tile. The first technique, the reductive process, creates impressions or removes clay from your tile. The second technique, the additive process, is where you build up the surface of the clay by adding other components using a scoring and slipping technique. Both processes are really fun, it's really up to you as the artists to decide which you prefer!

Tile Making Step 3

Finalizing Your Design & Tile Storage

Perhaps one of the most important steps in your tile-making process is maintaining moisture in the clay and properly storing the tile from beginning to completion. In order to correctly store your clay, please use the included water mister and spray the tile 3 or 4 times . Gently slide the tile back into the plastic bag and remove any air from the bag. Please keep the bag out of the sun, and away from heaters. The tile can be stored and returned in the original box for protection.