In Spanish Cuerda Seca literally means “dry cord” and refers to a ceramic technique using dry lines to delineate pools of glaze. Cuerda Seca has been used for hundreds of years primarily in the Middle East and Spain to create decorative tile. On Day One of this class we will start by learning how to make base tiles for exploring the Cuerda Seca technique. We will discuss the different types of clay bodies one would want to use for tile-making, ways to minimize tile warpage and cracking, and the importance of measuring shrinkage and absorption rates in your clay body. On Day Two we will jump into the decorating portion of the workshop to learn the Cuerda Seca technique. We will discuss ways of copying images onto tiles, numerous tips on how to create dry cord lines, and tips on glazing to create this unique look.
Class 1: Tile Making
Class 2: Cuerda Seca Decoration Techniques
Experience Level: All Levels
RAC clay purchase and firing policy: https://richmondartcenter.org/clay/
This class will be hosted on Zoom video conferencing platform. You will receive an email 30 minutes before class starts with a link to the class and access instructions. We recommend you make sure your device is up to date and meets all system requirements before class.