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All Posts By: Jennifer Harnetty


How to Create Cool Surfaces with Wet Slip Inlay

Posted On September 2, 2015 12 Comments

Wet slip inlay is a great technique for getting fantastic organic patterning on pots. Basically it consists of layering contrasting colors of slip on a slab and jiggling the slab to distort the slip layers into interesting marbled designs. In today’s post, a sneak peek from the upcoming September 2013 issue of Ceramics Monthly, Robert Strasser shares his techniques and tips for working with wet slip inlay. For the rest of the article, keep your eye out for the September 2013 issue of CM!


The Mobile Anagama: A Wood Kiln on Wheels

Posted On August 31, 2015 3 Comments
Picture this: a mobile anagama; literally a wood-burning kiln specifically designed to fit into a custom trailer, allowing it to travel across the country teaching the wood-fired experience to new communities.   Sounds pretty crazy, right? But when Henry James Haver Crissman got fed up with the red tape involved in building a stationary wood… Read More »

Tips for Throwing and Trimming a Scalloped-Rim Bowl Off the Hump

Posted On August 28, 2015 2 Comments
Throwing off the hump can really help maximize efficiency in the studio. It may seem like a little thing, but if you are in heavy production the time savings can add up when you start with a large hunk of clay rather than a bunch of small pieces.   In today’s post, an excerpt from… Read More »

Throw, Facet, Throw: How to Create Beautiful Cups with Undulating Texture

Posted On August 26, 2015 2 Comments
Frank Krevens had been making faceted cone 10 porcelain work for many years, but after a recent move, he lost access to the high fire kiln. That, and a concern for the environmental impact he was having with the higher fired work, led him to try to develop his palette for low firing. His solution… Read More »

How to Add Visual and Structural Strength to a Form with Coils

Posted On August 25, 2015 0 Comments
If you’re looking to add a striking graphic quality to your pots, you’ll enjoy today’s post. Today, Elisa Helland-Hansen explains how she adorns her pots with coils for a simple and strong impact. Not only do these pieces have an assertive visual and tactile sense, the coils also add to their physical strength! -Jennifer Harnetty,… Read More »

Keep Plastic Out of the Landfill and Make Fun, Freeform Slab Dishes

Posted On August 25, 2015 0 Comments
There is no shortage of plastic containers in our world and all too many of them wind up in the landfill. But you can do your part and repurpose them as molds in the studio!   In today’s post, an excerpt from our free download A Guide to Slab Rollers: Tips for Buying and Building… Read More »

Going With the Flow: Using Soft Clay and Darts to Preserve Fluidity in the Finished Form

Posted On August 24, 2015 4 Comments

In today’s post, Jane Sawyer explains how she throws with extra soft clay and cuts darts during the throwing process to create work that looks fluid even in the finished fired state. She also explains how she uses finger marks through slip to further enhance this effect.


A Simple Tool to Keep Rims From Distorting When Pots are Bellied Out

Posted On August 19, 2015 5 Comments

As you are developing skills on the potters wheel, large bellied out forms with narrow rims can be pretty challenging. Once you have the height, it is hard to belly out the form without distorting or widening the rim too much. But this handy, cheap, and simple tool that Jim Wylder came up with can make it much easier. In today’s post, an excerpt from our new book Throwing Techniques, Jim explains how to use “The Rim Keeper.” –Jennifer Harnetty, editor


Using Latex Resist in Raku Firing

Posted On August 17, 2015 8 Comments
If you’ve never participated in a raku firing, today’s post might make you put it on your “to-try list” this summer or fall. In this bonus Monday video, an excerpt from her video, Raku Firing: Expanding the Potential of the Raku Kiln, Marcia Selsor shares a technique for getting a lovely contrast of smoky black against the classic… Read More »

How to Throw a Curvy Cup and Finish it Without Trimming

Posted On August 14, 2015 9 Comments
Throwing cups and mugs is one of my favorite things to do on the wheel. Partially out of habit, and partially because I secretly love trimming, I usually end up trimming these forms. But I realize that I could be more efficient with my studio time if I just threw these pots so they didn’t… Read More »