I recently shared a video on our Facebook page that showed an artist demonstrating a decorating technique called slip trailing. This is a still clip from that video. Doing some research brought up several videos on U-Tube that show us how to do it. I am unable to share those here but you can Google “U-tube slip trailing”.
Slip trailing is the application of slip, which is clay mixed with water, to a clay surface using a bottle or other flexible vessel with a pointed tip. Unlike applying slip with brushwork, slip trailing involves a thicker, more fluid application, which can be used to created beautiful lines and raised textures.
If you simply Google slip trailing you will find pictured a lot of pieces that have been slip trailed. It appears here that different colors of slip have been applied and that a base color was applied first in some cases. Since this is done on greenware, I would assume that we need Cover Coats underglaze for the base color.
You can draw your own designs, trace patterns or stencils, or use silkscreens. Remember to keep the design simple as you are “painting” with a bottle of slip.
So, who wants to give it a try?