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Cardboard Stencils and Colored Slips Add Imagery and Texture to Slabs

Posted On November 12, 2014 9 Comments

I love using stencils in my work. I’ve tried lots of different materials as stencils, but I had never thought to use cardboard. Karmien Bowman uses cardboard for stencils to create lively imagery as well as dimensionality on her slab built pottery. In today’s post, an excerpt from From a Slab of Clay, Daryl Baird explains Karmien’s process. Having dozens of clay tools is by no means a prerequisite for slab work. But, don’t be surprised as you work on your initial projects that you start looking at the utensils in your kitchen drawers or at the hand tools in your garage and find yourself thinking, “I wonder how those would work on clay?” If so, good for you!

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Simple Sets: Making and Using Templates for Uniform Handbuilt Bowls

Posted On June 22, 2014 10 Comments

In today’s post, an excerpt from his book From a Slab of Clay, Daryl Baird explains how to make templates and use them to create slab-built bowls. A great benefit of this is that if you make them with a sturdy material like card stock or laminated paper, you can use them over and over.

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How to Make an Address Sign with Slabs and Extrusions

Posted On May 28, 2014 1 Comment
Address signs are fun to make as housewarming gifts for friends and family, or to put your own personal stamp on your own house. In today’s post, an excerpt from The Extruder Book, Daryl Baird shows how to make a lovely address sign with extruded parts. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.     Recently, a friend asked… Read More »
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How to Make a Hexagonal Wall Pocket with an Extruder

Posted On May 2, 2014 1 Comment

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, Daryl Baird demonstrates how he uses a commercial hexagonal die to make a neat wall pocket vase.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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The Extruder Collection with Daryl Baird

Posted On April 17, 2014 Comments Off on The Extruder Collection with Daryl Baird

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 sixteen great step-by-step demonstrations, making it a must for anyone with an extruder in their studio.

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The Extruder Video

Posted On April 17, 2014 Comments Off on The Extruder Video

In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents Video Series, Daryl E. Baird draws on his extensive experience working with the clay extruder to demystify this useful piece of studio equipment. A little planning goes a long way, and Baird shares a multitude of tips for creating an efficient workspace and having a high success rate with your extrusions. From installation to making custom dies, Daryl shows how to exploit the efficiency of the extruder and pair it with your own creativity to create exciting ceramic art.

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The Extruder Book: 2nd Edition

Posted On April 17, 2014 Comments Off on The Extruder Book: 2nd Edition

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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.

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How to Make a Casserole Dish by Combining Slabs and Extrusions

Posted On March 26, 2014 1 Comment

Daryl Baird’s Extruder Book has just been revised and re-released, this time with 19 great how-to projects from beginning to end (including beautiful color photographs of the process and the finished pieces!) In today’s post, I thought I would share one of those projects: a casserole dish that combines slabs and extrusions. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

PS: Coming soon…The Extruder DVD! Stay tuned!

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Make a Great Impression: Carving Textured Press Molds and Stamps Out of Insulating Foam

Posted On January 22, 2014 2 Comments

In today’s post, Daryl Baird shows us how to make own stamps or press molds using a great transfer technique and insulating foam. Daryl also shows us how he uses his stamp as a press mold to make tiles.

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Making Music with Clay: How to Make a Ceramic Ocarina

Posted On March 6, 2013 27 Comments

All kinds of musical instruments can be fashioned from clay, with one of the simplest being the ocarina. The project we are presenting today makes an ideal ceramics lesson plan for teachers incorporating basic handbuilding skills. Or it can be a fun project for those who need a break from their regular studio work.