The Tower of London’s dry moat was recently flooded again, but not with water. This time it was with 888,246 ceramic poppies. Paul Cummins and Tom Piper, with the help of countless volunteers, created the epic installation commemorating those who served and perished in World War One.
For more about this fascinating and moving project, have a look at this excerpt from the February 2015 issue of Ceramics Monthly by Holly Goring. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
In today’s post, our own Holly Goring not only includes some versatile three-ingredient base glaze recipes, but she also gives simple straightforward explanations of the chemistry behind them. If you have always wanted to experiment with your own glazes, but didn’t know where to start, this post is just the ticket. And even though these are low fire recipes, you might be inspired to experiment with the ratios of ingredients to come up with higher temperature glazes.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
In today’s post, an excerpt from our latest freebie the Underglaze Users Guide: How to Use Underglazes to Add Color and Graphic Interest to Your Pottery Projects, Holly Goring, associate editor of Pottery Making Illustrated and Ceramics Monthly shares her adventures in home made underglazes, and her underglaze recipe too!
If you like to pay attention to trends in color to keep up on what buyers are looking at, today’s post is for you. In our latest free download, the 2012 Ceramic Arts Buyers Guide: A Ceramic Studio Supply Resource, we translate one of the most respected sources (Pantone’s Home + Interior color forecast) for such things into glaze combinations. In today’s post, we excerpt from the Buyers Guide to share some of those color trends and give some suggestions for developing these colors in glazes. This can also serve as a guide to which prepared ceramic glazes may be the right choice for you to jazz up your work.
In today’s video, our own Holly Goring demonstrates how to make a simple plaster sprig mold. Simple though they are, these molds are great little tools for adding interest to pottery. Why not cast a motif you are fond of in plaster so you can use it over and over again on your work? In addition to the video, we’ll show you some work with sprigged decoration and present some step-by-step photos and instructions on how to use sprig molds.
Clay reigns as the oldest and most natural medium for sculpture. From the dawn of human history, people of every culture have taken clay and molded it into objects. You can coil monumental forms, build with slabs, make totems, or even use computers to generate sculptures. For thousands of years, clay’s versatility and universal accessibility have made it the most popular medium for creating three dimensional work.
Good news for those of you who raku fire and are looking for some new glazes and slips to try out! We’ve gathered some of our favorite raku glaze recipes in a convenient recipe-card format, perfect for printing and taking to the pottery studio. If you are interested in building a collection of beautiful raku ceramic glazes, or adding variety to the ones you already have, you’ve found the perfect resource. We have a great assortment including several copper matts, a white crackle and even a shino! Maybe you already have a repertoire of glazes but want to mix it up a bit; try experimenting with a flashing slip or a terra sigillata for a variety of surfaces in the post-reduction firing. Or combine several of the slips and glazes to expand your surface possibilities even further!
I love work with pattern and imagery and have done a lot with screen printing and stencils in my work. Lately I have been wanting to start experimenting with the variety of oxide, underglaze, and glaze pens that are on the market. In today’s blog post, I am going to share an excerpt from the PMI archives, which includes tips for working with these handy tools. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
While handbuilding can be considered the most basic of all ceramic techniques, it is not without its complexities. In this issue we explore three handbuilding approaches that really go beyond the basics and will really require some practice to master. But the results? You’ll find yourself on a whole new level once you’ve accomplished the techniques presented here. Beginning with the soft pillow-like forms of Margaret Bohls featured on the cover to the bird-inspired work of Deborah Schwartzkopf and elegant food-inspired juicer of gwendolyn yoppolo, these talented artists provide detailed techniques that add grace and function to their work. These features along with our usual array of informative articles on a range of handbuilding-related topics are sure to inspire your next piece.