Laterite as a material for ceramic art tile finishing

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Decoration and finishing of the surfaces of ceramic products play an important role in product surface quality. Despite the abundance of local ceramic raw materials, imported foreign glazes and other related finishing materials are becoming the traditional materials for surface finishing in Ghana. Although there have been several attempts by both traditional and studio ceramists to explore new surface finishing materials and techniques for the works they produce, it appears not much has been achieved over the years. It is an undisputable fact that most locally produced ceramic products found in the Ghanaian open market are basically either finished with imported material, different colours of paints or are left in their bisque fired state. The prime motivation for this study therefore was to use laterite as a finishing material for hand-made ceramic tiles. Studio based experiment and observational approaches were used in executing the project. In order to achieve aesthetic look, the application of the laterite as a finishing material was done simultaneously with the production process. A random application of the material further gave the finished work a pleasing effect. The study has underpinned the fact that, the above mentioned material could be used as a surface finishing material for ceramic products.
A thesis submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Fine Art (Ceramics),