Richmond Art Center

Richmond Art Center

Tile Making and Cuerda Seca Decoration


Richmond Art Center




Sat, Sun

Oct 24, 2020 - Oct 25, 2020


10:00am - 12:00pm PDT


Online via Zoom


Chanda B.


20 students

Class Experience

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

Materials List:

- Notebook
- All recommended materials for these techniques will be covered in class.
- For students who want to follow along during the demostration:
Class 1: Clay, rolling pin, thickness strips if they have them, pin tool, sponge, ruler, drywall boards or wood ware boards
Class 2: Glaze, black underglaze, wax resist, bisque tile (either handmade or commercially purchased), sponge, fine line brushes, optional: screens for screenprinting, oil, squeeze pen bottles


Experience Level: All Levels
RAC clay purchase and firing policy:

How To Participate

Attend class via Zoom video

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.