Naked raku gets its racy name because during the process of firing, the outer shell of slip that was applied falls off revealing the “naked” surface of the pot underneath. Charlie and Linda Riggs get some beautiful results from this technique. Today, in an excerpt from Naked Raku and Related Bare Clay Techniques, (which is… Read More »
Do you even know any potters who don’t cook? Wouldn’t it be great if there were a pottery design, technique, and glaze recipe book put together with a food recipe book? Well now there is! Each chapter includes an overview of the type of ware being discussed, design considerations, projects for making pots, and of course, recipes to cook in them! This book is truly a one-of-a-kind experience.
In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video series, Meredith Host shares her techniques for creating wheel-thrown pottery to which she adds colorful underglaze decoration. Meredith throws several of her forms, explaining tips for success with each one. After the throwing demonstrations, Meredith leads you step-by-step through her decorating technique where you’ll discover that getting colorful surfaces can add a whole new dimension to your pottery.
Download a snippet! Fred Olsen is one of the leading pioneers in explaining everything about kilns to the studio potter and his book is one of the best selling references on the topic. This book covers it all from refractory materials and applications to design principles and construction techniques. No matter what type of kiln… Read More »
For anyone interested in soda or salt firing, Soda, Clay and Fire covers the topic in great detail. The technical research and presentation surpass all existing literature on the topic, and the rich, vibrant examples of finished work are stunning and sure to inspire. With soda firing, the creative process continues until the kiln is turned off. Nichols’ book discusses the principles behind this technique and delves into clays, glazes, loading protocols, firing schedules and more. Also included are profiles of other artists working with this technique and examples of their work.
In this edition of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video series, Ben Carter shares his methods for integrating surface design with altered wheel-thrown and handbuilt pottery. Referencing pillows, tufted furniture, and quilts, Carter imbues his pots with softness in a variety of ways—from altering freshly thrown pots to create volume, to stretching soft clay into foam slump molds. Using this overfilled aesthetic as a metaphor for the comfort of southern hospitality, he complements the soft forms with slip and underglaze decoration using sgraffito, slip trailing, and painting techniques.
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This extensive how-to book puts you in touch with all the creative potential of the extruder. With more than 50% new material, this book features new works by artists, up-to-date information on extruders, and great step-by-step demonstrations, making it a must for anyone with an extruder in their studio. If you have an extruder and aren’t sure what to do with it, Daryl’s comprehensive book updates his best-selling first edition. You’ll discover tips for setting up your studio, supplies you’ll need to make extruding easier, and accessories that will help you with more complicated extrusions.
I love when people come up with nifty new uses for things that might otherwise be throw-away items. Today we bring you a tip for just such a handmade gadget for slipping and scoring. Paveen Chunhaswasdikul of Gadsden, Alabama, repurposed an empty glue bottle to come up with this all-in-one tool to use when adjoining… Read More »
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Silkscreening on a flat surface is a piece of cake, but when you try to do it on a three-dimensional piece, that’s a challenge, and this is what Forrest has worked out. Through a series of different forms—platter, bowl, cylinder, jar, etc.—Forrest leads you in an easy-to-follow step-by-step sequence of how to bring together complicated patterns and forms to create elegant masterpieces. You’ll discover how to throw, decorate, then throw again so the silkscreened pattern is integrated into the form but untouched after it’s applied. Depending on whether the decoration is on the inside or outside surface, you’ll learn the different techniques needed to address most any form.
In this DVD, Deborah Schwartzkopf presents functional vessels made using a variety of construction techniques. She offers many different examples of working with clay that will enrich your skills whether you’re a handbuilder or thrower. She describes and demonstrates the construction methods for making non-round, expressive shapes in clay by altering thrown forms and using patterned and molded slabs. By laying aside your preconceived notions of what a mug or bowl or any form usually looks like, you’ll be able to embrace the unknown and come up with new and compelling forms