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All Posts By: Jennifer Harnetty




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Paying Attention to Details to Make a Comfortable Functional Handle

Posted On June 29, 2015 9 Comments

The handle on my Mike Jabbur coffee mug is one of my absolute favorites in my collection. The ear-shaped curve at the top of the handle is just perfect for my fingers to comfortably nestle into, and is now a shape I seek out in a handle…and something I have been incorporating into my own work. It’s these details that make all of the difference. In today’s clip, an excerpt from his new DVD Precise Imprecision: Strengthening Throwing Skills to Create Dynamic Functional Pottery, Mike demonstrates his handle making process and discusses the details he considers to make them function well.

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Two Ways to Sculpt Eyes on a Ceramic Figure

Posted On June 26, 2015 0 Comments
When sculpting the human head, Melisa Cadell starts with a thick cylinder so she is able to add volume and life both from the inside and outside. In today’s post, an excerpt from her new video Figure Sculpting in Clay, Melisa demonstrates two ways to approach the eyes when sculpting in this manner. – Jennifer… Read More »
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How to Handbuild a Hexagonal Jar Using a Template

Posted On June 24, 2015 0 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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How to Combine Patterns for Beautiful All-Over Decoration

Posted On June 24, 2015 0 Comments
Inspired by cast glassware and vintage textiles, Colleen McCall decorates her stoneware pots from top to bottom using layers of porcelain slip, underglaze colors, and white, breaking tin glaze. She makes her patterns by taking motifs from various sources and combining them into her own unique designs.   In today’s post, an excerpt from the… Read More »
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Coil Building Expressive Ceramic Sculpture

Posted On June 22, 2015 4 Comments

Ceramic sculptor Arthur Gonzalez was trained as a photorealist painter, but grew to dislike the control and predictability of that genre. So it is no surprise that when he discovered ceramics (not exactly known for its predictability!) he became hooked. He explains, “I can instantly materialize a thought and then destroy it if it does not deliver what I need.” This immediacy satisfies a love of exploration. In today’s post, Arthur explains how he approaches his coil-built figurative clay sculpture. 

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How to Dress Up a Tray with Custom Extruded Trim

Posted On June 19, 2015 5 Comments

There’s a lot more to the extruder than making strap handles. With a multitude of commercial dies or custom homemade dies, the only limit is the imagination. In today’s post, an excerpt from his brand new DVD The Extruder Video: Making the Most Out of Your Clay Extruder, Daryl Baird shows how he dresses up an ordinary extruded tray with trim made from a custom credit card die.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Guidelines for Using Commercial Stains in Glazes

Posted On June 17, 2015 0 Comments

It’s really pretty hard to find a bad thing to say about commercial stains. They produce brilliant colors, are safe to use, and are very reliable. I suppose the only negative is that they can be pricey, but that priciness can be made up for in time savings and predictability. In today’s post, an excerpt from Electric Kiln Ceramics, Frederick Bartolovic and Richard Zakin give some guidelines for using commercial stains in studio-made glazes. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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How to Make a Square Baking Dish and Fill it with Rhubarb Crisp

Posted On June 15, 2015 6 Comments

In my neck of the woods, it’s the time of year when rhubarb starts peeking up through the cold ground. So when I saw Sumi von Dassow’s article on how to make a baker for rhubarb crisp going into the March/April 2013 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, I knew I had to share it. In this post, Sumi demonstrates how she makes her lovely square baking dishes (that are great for any type of baked dessert – not just rhubarb!). Plus she shares a recipe for rhubarb crisp from the lovely Sarah Jaeger! – Jennifer Harnetty editor.

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Sketching in Space: How to Get a Quick Start on Sculpting the Hand

Posted On June 12, 2015 6 Comments
Figure is not an area of ceramics that I have explored much probably because it seems like such an overwhelming endeavor. But watching Melisa Cadell’s new video Figure Sculpting in Clay, made me want to give it a try.   In today’s excerpt, Melisa shows how you can start off with a simple tracing of… Read More »
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How to Press Mold a Large Bowl in Sections

Posted On June 10, 2015 1 Comment
Those of you who are avid CAD readers may remember the work of Belgian artist Ann Van Hoey from a couple of years ago when she won the CAD Peoples Choice Emerging Artist award. I was immediately smitten by her work and even more smitten when I saw the snippet of her making it in… Read More »