Design and production of decorative facial slices for the Building Industry

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he study explored the possibility of producing facial slices using locally available materials. The prime motivation for the study stems from the fact that most facial slices found in the Ghanaian open market are imported into the country and appears very exorbitant to the average Ghanaian citizen. In addition, the slices found on the Ghanaian open market are very plain and devoid of aesthetic look. Studio based together experimental and observational approach were used in producing the facial slices. Geotechnical methods were used to ascertain the physical properties of Mfensi clay and other additives in order to know its suitable body for the production of the slices. In order to achieve an aesthetic look, traditional motifs were manipulated and generated using Adobe Photoshop into philosophical designs. The designs were incorporated onto the surfaces of the slices with the view to promoting and preserving the cultural heritage of Ghanaians. Among the various methods used in transferring the designs onto the surfaces of the slices were incision, stamping, springing, Sgraffitio, texturing, marbling, and embossing. The study concluded based on the results of the experiments that the locally available materials are suitable in the production of facial slices since its porosity, shrinkage and over all properties are standard to its production. In addition, the slices produced were preponderantly artistic since the traditional designs incorporated on the surface reveals aesthetic sensations in the eyes of viewers.
A Thesis submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the degree of Master of Fine Art (Ceramics)