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Put Your Pottery on a Pedestal: Throwing in Two Parts on the Pottery Wheel to Add Interest to a Catch-All Bowl

Posted On October 15, 2014 16 Comments

In today’s post, Frank James Fisher shares his technique for throwing in two parts to make what he calls a petal bowl because of the flower-like rim treatment.

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Using the Transfer Method to Create Interesting Glaze Patterns on Pottery

Posted On July 23, 2014 5 Comments

As detailed in the direct and stencil approaches shown previously, glaze application methods are as infinite as our imagination. Nearly every item around the studio or house has the potential to be a glaze applicator. It just takes a little imagination to see the potential, and experimenting is key to discovering new ideas. Today, Frank James Fisher will present the transfer method that he uses to create beautiful patterning on his pots.

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Groovy Ceramics: How to Use Scraps of Molding as Pottery Shaping Tools

Posted On January 8, 2014 25 Comments

When Frank James Fisher noticed a bunch of trim scraps at a local home center, his thoughts immediately went to “clay tool.” Today, Frank explains how he has turned these scraps into handy shaping tools for wheel throwing. Next time you’re at a lumberyard, ask for some of the scraps and try them out

Brand Remover (front view), 7½ (19 cm) in height, porcelain, raku fired, 2010.

Message on a Bottle: How to Make an Ultra-Thin, Textured Slab Built Vase

Posted On August 18, 2010 28 Comments

Today, Frank James Fisher takes us through the process of creating a stamp-textured bottle form out of very thin porcelain slabs. He not only gives insight into effectively using stamps, but he also gives some great tips for success with super thin slabs.

Always wipe bisqueware before firing to ensure a clean surface for the glaze to cling to, otherwise glaze can slide off  an unwiped pot onto a kiln shlef during firing.

Glaze Recipes and Expert Tips for Great Pottery Glazing Results

Posted On February 6, 2008 10 Comments

In response to our recent features on using direct, stencil, and transfer approaches to achieve glazing patterns, many readers asked about the glazes that were used and where they could get the recipes. So, today, you’ll find recipes for three glazes used to illustrate the techniques detailed previously. You’ll also find some handy tips to keep in mind when you’re ready to get glazing!