The Drop-Technique: How to Make Softly Textured Tiles

Lana Wilson is known for her textured surfaces and she has some pretty fun ways of coming up with said texture. Take for example her “drop technique tiles.” Looking at these, it is a little bit difficult to figure out exactly how the soft-edged texture was created.

The good thing is, in today’s post, an excerpt from her new DVD Handbuilding with Color and Texture, Lana demonstrates this unusual technique!–Jennifer Harnetty, editor.



This clip was excerpted from Handbuilding with Color and Texture, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Shop!

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  • Lana W.

    The drop technique works with paper clay and non-paper clay. Paper clay makes it easier to put cups and bowls together and STAY together.

    Before gluing the tile pieces to the black painted board that is 1/4 inch smaller that the four tiles combined I would nail on a regular zig-zag picture hanger. Works well!

    Thanks for watching!

  • Subscriber T.

    I’ve taken a workshop from Lana before – they are great by the way. But I don’t believe the comment above is correct that this is paper clay. It appears to be regular clay. Could someone confirm?

  • Maria Teresa M.


  • Mary B.

    I don’t believe it was mentioned but this is paper clay.

  • jeanine b.

    Thank you, You are a very exceptional artist and person. jb

  • Frances A.

    Best thing I’ve seen in a long time. Thank you! Was wondering what kind of hanger you would use on the back of the wood?

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