Martha Grover is a potter who creates porcelain functional ware. Grover’s pieces are thrown and altered to have curves that are inspired by “the female figure, as well as the fluidity of a dancer moving weightlessly across the floor.” Working with porcelain requires ceramicists to ensure that the pieces that were built separately are attached together well. Grover shared her paper slip recipe demonstrated how she uses it in a video.
The slip is made composed of toilet paper, white vinegar, and bone-dry clay. Grover utilizes an immersion blender to combine the toilet paper with the white vinegar to achieve a pulpy mixture. Grover then adds broken up pieces of bone-dry clay into the vinegar mixture and gives the mixture a little stir. Grover included that there is usually a little more clay compared to the vinegar.
In the demonstration, Grover said that in the “slip-and-score” process, she usually slips the desired area and then scores the surface. This will allow the slip to be worked into the surface of the vessel.