Beach Sand and Local Wild Clay
Continuing to experiment with surfaces, Alexis has been incorporating local wild clay and also beach sand from Fogo Island into her plate designs.
Local wild clay contains iron, and fired on its own, would have the texture of a terra cotta flower pot. Alexis has been painting this earthenware clay onto the surface of porcelain plates and firing the pieces in the high temperature, slow cool firing profile of crystalline glazes – resulting in a lovely shimmer from the iron in the clay.
Alexis has also been experimenting with encapsulating beach sand in clear glaze and using this both to embellish her crystalline glazes and also to make plates with unusual surfaces for food presentation.