We all know what reduction firing is, right? Or do we? The science of what happens in a reduction kiln and the resulting color palette might not be exactly what you think it is.When I read Ryan Coppage’s article on reduction firing in the March 2016 issue of Ceramics Monthly, I realized that I didn’t… Read More »
It seems like about a hundred years since I took a drawing class in college and so I don’t feel especially confident in my drawing abilities. But when we filmed a video with ceramic artist Mel Griffin in Montana last summer, I really wanted to give drawing on pots another try. Mel reminded me that… Read More »
In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video series, Mel Griffin presents her techniques for creating illustrated pottery that truly merges the surface and the form. A painter and illustrator at heart, but also in love with the ceramic process, Mel doesn’t simply draw on the surfaces of her work. Instead she demonstrates how she draws into the surface, taking advantage of clay’s malleability to create further expression and movement. She begins by explaining where she looks for drawing inspiration, and then demonstrates how she breaks down source imagery into basic shapes and lines to create energetic sketches. Next she goes through the entire making process for a plate, bowl, and cup – from throwing the forms, to transferring the designs to the surface, to altering the form to enhance the drawing, and all the way through the decorating process. If you are interested in making dynamic expressive work, let Mel be your guide.
Selecting your tools is an important part of making. Every tool creates a different mark, and it is up to the artist to choose what marks they want to make. While in grad school, I was asked about the types of tools I use and why I chose them. I realized that I have a… Read More »
Molds are one of my favorite tools in my studio. I love how quickly you can produce objects. Since graduating from the Ohio State University in the spring of 2014, I’ve been trying to avoid making plaster molds in my basement studio. Carving out a dedicated plaster space isn’t ideal when my studio space is… Read More »