If you are someone who likes to combine throwing and handbuilding to make interesting forms, today’s video is for you. In this clip from Deborah Schwartzkopf’s Pieces and Patterns: Complex Forms from Handbuilt and Wheel-Thrown Parts, she demonstrates how she makes the super cool bottoms of her cup forms with a slab and a bisque fired mold. She then skillfully attaches the base to a bottomless wheel-thrown cylinder, which she then darts and alters to make the shape just right. The best part about this is that once you make the bisque mold for the recessed foot, you can repeat it over and over again!
Today we have the latest video from the oh-so talented Ayumi Horie. In this one, Ayumi talks about the importance of touch in this increasingly digitally focused world. You’ll also catch a glimpse into her unique “dry throwing” method, how she creates her match strikers, and a special surprise at around 3 minutes in (wait for it, wait for it). Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
Trimming is a part of the wheel-throwing process that potters either love or hate. Regardless of where you fall on the love/hate scale, today’s video clip from Paul Donnelly should provide some useful information to aid you in the trimming process. In this clip, from his new video Designing for Function: Wheel Throwing, Handbuilding, & Variable Molds, Paul gives some practical tips for better trimming results, as well as some design advice that will help improve your wheel thrown pots.
I keep a lot of things in my studio that I think may one day be useful for texture or as a tool of some sort. I also cannot bring myself to throw any kind of wood in the garbage. I have a scrap collection that would be the envy of many a woodchuck. The other day, these two passions (let’s just call them passions for now) came together in a very useful way. I ran out to the garage and gathered every single dowel scrap I had and transfered them to the studio, thereby fulfilling both obsessive habits (okay, let’s call them what they really are). The reason I did this was because I watched the DVD Handbuilding with Mitch Lyons. He demonstrated a method for making cylinders that employed these dowels, and then went on to explore wonderful surface inlay and texture treatments that really got me excited about handbuilding again. And I got to use some of my scrap wood! — Sherman Hall, Ceramic Arts Daily
Successful Tips for Buying and Using Pottery Clay: How to Select, Process, and Test Clay Bodies for Better Results
Buying the right pottery clay is one of the keys to your success in the studio. There are many variables that determine the right pottery clay for your needs including color, temperature range, the type of pottery you make, and what kind of forming methods you use, just to name a few. When someone offers you a bunch of free clay, watch out! Most of the value in a piece of pottery is in the time and effort you invest, and the clay is one of the least expensive elements.
Last summer we traveled to the lovely Bakersville, North Carolina, studio of John Britt to tap into his vast knowledge of glaze chemistry for a glazing DVD. I am super stoked to announce its release today! And, I may be a bit biased, but I think it will be a fabulous resource for anyone who wants to delve deeper into glazing, but finds the subject too intimidating.
In today’s video, I am sharing a clip (and a recipe) from it. In this (much condensed) clip, John shares his simple system for mixing up a color blend and tells us what to make of the results. Have a look and then mix up your own color blend and see what you get. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
How to Design, Make, and Install Ceramic Tiles and Murals: Design Tips and How-To Instructions for Handmade Ceramic Tile Projects
Handmade ceramic tiles take advantage of all the complex possibilities of the ceramic process. Add the graphic potential of a picture plane, multiply that over any area you want, and the possibilities for ceramic tile projects become near limitless. And ceramic tile isn’t just flat; handmade ceramic tiles can be relief surfaces that are quite complex—but you would be surprised to learn how easy it can be to make your own. It all starts with ceramic tile design—and good design starts at the end; considering the end result of a ceramic tile project before any tile is made will help you choose the clay and the tools to use. And the experts we’ve chosen to walk you through the process of making and installing your own handmade ceramic tiles have all the information you will need to stay on track.Whether you are making a small ceramic tile mosaic for a table top, or a complex ceramic tile mural for a large wall area, How to Design, Make and Install Ceramic Tile Murals and Mosaics: Design Tips and How-To Instructions for Handmade Ceramic Tile Projects will help you plan your ceramic tile project in no time flat.
Chris Pickett’s puffy forms reference stuffed
animals and inflatable toys and the visible seams give the work a casual
and relaxed feel. Chris creates his inflated forms through
double walled construction using slump molds and paper patterns. In
today’s post, Chris takes us through this fun way of working.