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All Posts By: Jennifer Harnetty


Techniques and Tips for Electric Kilns: Inspiration, Instructions and Glaze Recipes for Making Pottery in Electric Kilns

Posted On October 7, 2015 1 Comment

Electric kiln firing is one of the most common firing methods because electric kilns are readily available and simple to install, but that doesn’t mean that electric firing yields common results. Electric kilns can be incredible tools in the pottery studio. In this collection of articles, you will see how creative potters and ceramic artists are using electric kilns to create exquisite ceramic art.


How to Make Interestingly Shaped Pots with Slump Molds

Posted On October 7, 2015 3 Comments

Slump molds are great tools in handbuilding because they allow you to dream up whatever shape you want and allow you to repeat it many times. They can be made from a wide variety of materials – from found objects to plaster. Plywood is Joe Singewald’s slump mold material of choice. In today’s post, he explains how he uses plywood to make his signature clover bowls.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


Put Your Best Foot Forward: Suze Lindsay Shares Two Techniques for Handbuilt Feet

Posted On October 5, 2015 7 Comments

Historically, I have been more of a thrower than a handbuilder. I love handbuilt pots, but haven’t quite gotten there with my handbuilding. One thing I have struggled with is coming up with attractive feet on slabbuilt vessels and platters. But Suze Lindsay’s new DVD gave me some good ideas to play with. In today’s video, Suze shares a couple of great little techniques for added feet. Have a look! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


How to Use Wax Resist and Ceramic Underglaze for Fine-Line Inlaid Decoration

Posted On October 2, 2015 8 Comments
A Great Way to Make Precise Lines with Ceramic Underglaze and Wax Resist Lately I have been doing a lot of ceramic underglaze inlay – sometimes called Mishima, or slip inlay – and I just love the results. One thing I don’t care for though is when parts of my lines chip off if the clay gets… Read More »

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A Ceramics Collector Plans to Donate his Collection of Pottery as a Teaching Tool

Posted On September 30, 2015 0 Comments
Dwight Holland’s Generous Gift of Functional Pottery Collecting ceramics is more than just owning beautiful objects. It is also about gathering stories, following an artist’s growth, and fueling one’s intellectual curiosity. Dwight Holland, co-founder of the North Carolina Potter’s Conference, has quite a collection: literally thousands and thousands of pots.   In today’s post, an… Read More »

How to Transfer Hand-Drawn Designs to Pottery Surfaces With Slip and Newspaper

Posted On September 30, 2015 0 Comments
An interesting twist on image transfer on ceramic surfaces Image transfer is hot hot hot in ceramics these days and we have shared a bunch of different image transfer techniques here on CAD. Today’s post has another great way to transfer images to ceramic surfaces – and one I hadn’t really seen before.   In… Read More »

Resistance is Not Futile: Great Decoration with Resists

Posted On September 30, 2015 9 Comments

The options are many when it comes to creating decoration on your pottery with resists. Deanna Ranlett put several of them to the test.

In today’s post, we’re sharing Deanna’s assessment of wax resist and latex resist. For more, check out the September/October 2013 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Testing Commercial Ceramic Glazes Over Texture in Electric Kilns

Posted On September 29, 2015 0 Comments
Deanna Ranlett tests commercial ceramic glaze over various textures To get the most out of commercial ceramic glazes in your electric kiln, you need to understand the product descriptions on the package. What do the manufacturers mean when they say opaque, semi transparent, or translucent, and do their descriptions match the descriptions in your head?… Read More »

Two Simple Ways to Get Started on Sculpting a Bust

Posted On September 25, 2015 1 Comment
If you think sculpting a bust in clay seems like a difficult endeavor, you’ll feel differently after watching today’s video clip. In this clip, an excerpt from Figure Sculpting in Clay, Melisa Cadell explains two incredibly simple ways to rough out a torso. One starts out with a basic pottery form that everybody is familiar… Read More »