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Tips from the Pros: How to Get a Handle on Handles

Posted On December 10, 2014 31 Comments

In today’s post, Paul Donnelly takes us through

his handle-making process. It’s a great alternative to pulled handles

because it cuts down on the mess and the drying time, and still makes

lovely, elegant handles. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


A Smart Hanging System That Helps Functional Pottery Double as Ceramic Wall Art

Posted On September 22, 2014 27 Comments

In today’s post, Annie Chrietzberg explains a clever hanging system that potter Christine Boyd developed for her functional work so it could be hung on the wall when not in use. She also describes the home-made tools Christine invented to make the system easy and quick to construct.


Color Splash: How to Make Vibrant Bursts of Color on Pottery Using Ceramic Colorants and Slip

Posted On August 11, 2014 22 Comments

Annie Chrietzberg explains Lana Wilson’s process for decorating pottery with colored slips and shares the clear cone 6 glaze recipe she uses to finish these pieces.


Printmaking and Pottery: Using Linocuts to Make Clay Prints

Posted On May 12, 2014 19 Comments

In today’s post, Annie Chrietzberg explains how potter Cynthia Guajardo mixes linocut printing with clay. It’s a fantastic method for creating repeatable customized texture on pottery.


Glazing for Success: 12 Tips to Help You Master Pottery Glazing

Posted On February 5, 2014 25 Comments

I have to admit, glazing is not my favorite part of the ceramic process. It’s probably because of its potential to make or break a good pot (and believe me, I have broken quite a few with poor glaze application). I tend to be a bit of a sloppy glazer and I sometimes rush through it a little more quickly than I should. Denver, Colorado ceramic artist Annie Chrietzberg is the polar opposite of me in the glaze room: methodical and precise. I know my glazing outcomes could be greatly improved if I followed just a couple of Annie’s tips, so I thought I would share them with the community. Hopefully you will benefit from Annie’s advice too!


Layers of Information: How to Build Surface Texture Layer by Layer

Posted On February 18, 2013 4 Comments

Today, Annie Chrietzberg explains how Lana Wilson uses bisque stamps, textured materials, rolling, and paddling to create layered texture on her work. She also explains her darting technique for creating a slab-built platter.

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From Slab to Grab: Creating Textured Handles

Posted On August 22, 2012 7 Comments

Texture in clay can be addictive. Who doesn’t love pressing objects into a piece of soft clay? And why stop at the handles? As Annie Chrietzberg demonstrates in today’s post, textured slab handles are a great way to carry texture throughout a piece – plus they are less messy than pulled handles and can provide instant gratification. Have a look!



Nifty Nests: Using Kitchen Gadgets and Textured Slabs to Create Square(ish) Nesting Bowls

Posted On April 2, 2012 14 Comments

Denver potter Annie Chrietzberg demonstrates her creative technique for making nesting pots from slab-built forms. This step-by-step how-to project illustrates how to use tart tins from a kitchen store as templates, how to cut darts in slabs to make square forms and how to work with textured surfaces to get truly unique dishes.

Paul Donnelly’s tea tray is inspired by a variety of things: Architecture, landscape and by the practical desire to keep furniture ring free and a spoon or snack close at hand.

A Potter Extends the Practicality of a Cup and Saucer Set

Posted On October 4, 2010 39 Comments

Necessity is the mother of invention, as the saying goes, and Paul Donnelly’s tea trays are a prime example of this. Today, Paul Donnelly explains how he makes his tea trays using a combination of wheel throwing, press molding and slab-building techniques.

What Galleries Want from Ceramic Artists: Advice From Top Ceramic Gallery Owners

Posted On April 12, 2010 17 Comments

So, you’ve built up a solid body of work and you feel ready to take the plunge into finding gallery  representation. But where do you start? We get these types of questions a lot here at CAD, so we decided to gather up some information from established artists and gallery owners and make it a free download for our readers. Today, I am presenting an excerpt in which Annie Chrietzberg gives some tips for figuring out what galleries want.