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Video Clip 1 - Setting the Clay into the Mold
Prior to casting the mold, the original must be designed and created. Phyllis uses a premade frog tile as her prototype to show what future castings will look like. To cast the prototype, Phyllis places the tile in a square baking pan and pours plaster around the tile. Once the plaster has dried, she can turn the plaster mold out of the pan and use it to cast future tiles.

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Video Clip 2 - Removing Excess Clay
Using a mallet and plywood board sprayed with a release agent, she pounds the clay into the mold to ensure the clay has filled all the mold's crevices.

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Video Clip 3 - Releasing and Drying the Tile
Phyllis sets the tile aside to allow it to dry for just a couple of hours, so that it will pop out of the mold more easily.

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Video Clip 4 - Bisque Firing

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Video Clip 5 - Glaze Firing
Once the tile is bisque fired, Phyllis glazes the tile with an iron oxide wash and a green-tinted commercial glaze.

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Phyllis explains that designing tiles is an ongoing process: she often works on one design for a while before she's satisfied with it. With the frog tile, she said she added rippling lines to the unfilled space on the tile, and the effect was just what the tile needed.

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