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All Posts By: Jennifer Harnetty




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A Brilliant Warm-Up Exercise for Brushwork Decoration

Posted On July 31, 2015 1 Comment
I love love love the look of brushwork decoration, but up to now, I have been a big chicken about actually trying it myself. I’ve never been very good at getting nice fluid brushstrokes and I have never wanted to practice on a pot. I know I could practice on paper, but it’s just not… Read More »
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How to Make Homemade Pottery Brushes to Make Marks that Are Truly Your Own

Posted On July 29, 2015 11 Comments

In today’s post, an excerpt from Ceramic Decorating Tool Techniques: How To Use Clay Pencils, Slip Trailers, Glaze Pens, and Carving Tools to Decorate Ceramics, David Gamble explains how he makes his own custom brushes. From selecting the right kind of bristle, to adding a hanging loop so the brushes can be stored properly, David walks us through this easier-than-you-think process.

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Deliberate Cracks: Heating and Stretching to Create Crackled Texture on Pottery

Posted On July 27, 2015 10 Comments

Sometimes I feel like I was born in the wrong era because I just love old things: antiques, weathered old buildings, vintage clothing. If you can relate, then you’ll love today’s feature because we’re going to show you how to create a crackled, craggy texture on your pottery. Canadian potter Robin Hopper explains how some heating, some stretching and a little sodium silicate can transform a freshly thrown pot into what looks like a weathered antique.

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How to Make Press-Molded Trays Using a Bisque Forming Plate

Posted On July 24, 2015 1 Comment
Today’s video clip is an excerpt from Amy Sanders’s DVD Creative Forming with Custom Texture. This project is one of my favorites from the DVD. After filming, I was so excited I went to the studio and cranked out a bunch of these bisque forming plates. Now I just need to find time to actually… Read More »
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Line Blends: A Surefire Way to Build Your Understanding of Ceramic Glaze Materials

Posted On July 22, 2015 4 Comments

Let’s face it. We’ve all had glaze disasters in the kiln. From the mild disappointment of a glaze not turning out exactly the color you were hoping for to a glaze completely running off a piece and ruining a kiln shelf. That’s why it is so important to test our glazes. Line blends are a pretty simple and straightforward way of testing glazes that can yield a wealth of information. In today’s post, an excerpt from Developing Glazes, Greg Daly explains how to do a couple of line blends and shares some recipes you can try. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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How to Handbuild a Hexagonal Jar Using a Template

Posted On July 20, 2015 7 Comments
Throwing is great, but if you are interested in exploring more angular shapes handbuilding is a good way to go. If you want to be able to repeat those forms consistently, using a template will save you time and hassle.   In today’s post, an excerpt from Handbuilding Techniques, Don Hall shares how to make… Read More »
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Two Techniques for Making Swirlware Pottery

Posted On July 17, 2015 2 Comments
Swirlware, a traditional form of pottery made in the Catawba Valley of North Carolina in the early 1900s, is made by combining contrasting clay bodies when throwing. Michael Kline makes swirlware and other historical North Carolina pottery forms, but puts his own contemporary touch on the work.   In today’s video, an excerpt from his… Read More »
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How to Capture the Beauty of Nature in Your Pottery with Homemade Texture Molds

Posted On July 15, 2015 12 Comments

David Scott Smith is a fan of flowers. You might say it’s in his blood – his grandfather owned a flower shop and then, after “retirement” a horticulture instructor. In today’s post, David explains how he makes bisque texture molds with wildflowers. Enjoy and then go take a walk and find some flowers to make your own!

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Three Tips for Throwing Smarter and Stronger

Posted On July 13, 2015 14 Comments

There have been many times in my wheel throwing career that I have thought, “I just can’t throw large pots. I am not strong enough.” But I have learned over the years that to throw big, you don’t need brawn. You need brains!! There are tons of smart ways to approach throwing large. In today’s post, an excerpt from the May/June 2013 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, I am sharing three great tips for throwing large from potter Claire O’Conner. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

Tips, Techniques, and Tools for Getting the Most Out of Your Pottery Wheel – From Buying to Trimming – Tips for the Pottery Wheel

Posted On July 13, 2015 9 Comments

Throwing on the pottery wheel is exciting and fun. Once you can center, you’ll never get tired of the many things you can create with the potters wheel. Here we’ve gathered some tips and techniques that will show you how to use a pottery wheel in the most efficient and effective ways. If you want to throw sets on the wheel, here are some simple gauges for the potters wheel you can buy or make. Or for duplicating profiles, you can make wheel throwing templates. Another ingenious technique is to facet freshly thrown clay then continue throwing the clay and watch the pattern expand. Finally, you’ll enjoy the survey of trimming accessories for wheel thrown pottery­—maybe there’s a tool that’s right for you.