Engobes & Slips
Engobes and Slips are either natural clays or a mixture of clays and other ceramic raw materials. They are typically rich earth colors or subdued tones. Engobes are applied to wet or dry greenware (not bisque) and fired to the maturing temperature of the clay being decorated. They do not create a sealed or glossy surface on their own, but may be covered with a clear glaze if so desired. Decortaing Slips can either be painted or 'trailed' onto wet or leatherhard greenware. They will not adhere to bone-dry greenware or bisque. Slip Trailers are used to draw designs and patterns that remain raised up on the surface. Slips do not fire to gloss finish on their own but require a clear glaze coat if a sealed surface is desired.