Searching for a tile of gold, and I'm getting old
Friday, October 16, 2009
I feel like Cortez, or Pizzarro, or Ponce de Leon. I'm looking for gold ceramic tiles for our mural. Bright gold, easy to cut ceramic. I've found gold glaze, but it needs to fire at about twice the temperature that our clay fires at - so that's a no. (It'll melt the clay, really.) I can't find bare tiles that can withstand that temp. I could buy some high-fire clay, but shipping is expensive. (remember, we're on an island. A 25-lb bag of clay doesn't fly Priority Mail.)
I've found gold glass tile, all kinds of pretty colors, not too pricey - but glass is more difficult to break with the tile cutters, I envision shards of glass flying around the room. Maybe I could restrict that section to my Advanced students, who have more experience, having worked on last year's mural.
Ah, the dilemmas of an art teacher...........