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The Distressed Look: Using Texture, Engobes, Underglazes and Glaze to Create a Weathered Looking Surface

Posted On January 27, 2014 2 Comments

In today’s post, Lisa Pedolsky shares how she works in layers and stages to create her distressed surfaces. She also shares a low-fire glaze and engobe recipe.

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Making Simple Molds for Slabware

Posted On July 26, 2013 8 Comments

My son starts kindergarten this year (how could that possibly be?!), so the rapid pace at which this summer is flying by is on my mind quite a bit. This might also be the case for all of those school teachers out there.So, today I thought I’d share a project that would work great as a lesson plan. It would also work great for all of you non teachers who are just looking for new ways to streamline your processes in the studio.For more help with lesson planning, take advantage of our Back to School Sale on Neil Patterson’s DVD Clay Projects and Fundamentals.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

This detail of the piece below shows the cooling crystals that developed during a controlled, slow cooling.

Recipes for Exciting Ceramic Surfaces with Cone 6 Glazes

Posted On October 22, 2012 7 Comments

Jonathan Kaplan has developed some methods with which he tweaks his glazes and his firing schedule to add some oomph to his ceramic surfaces. Today he shares his techniques for enlivening Cone 6 glazes and some of his favorite Cone 6 ceramic glaze recipes.

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Impeccably Constructed: The Slab Pottery of Lisa Pedolsky

Posted On June 11, 2012 1 Comment

In today’s post, an excerpt from our latest installment of the Workshop Handbook: Clay Projects and Studio Resources, Lisa explains her entire slab building process for her “Arrow Jars” from sketch to creating a functioning lid and flange.

Recycling Clay: Tips for Collecting, Storing, Reclaiming and Reprocessing Your Clay Scraps

Posted On February 7, 2011 42 Comments

We all end up with clay scraps when making pottery, and because this
happens at various stages in the cycle, we need a way to bring all of
that clay to an even level of moisture and consistency so it can be
used again. But there is no one way that works for everyone in every
studio. So in today’s post, an excerpt from our second edition of our free download Successful Tips for Buying and Using Pottery Clay, we present an assortment of simple tips for recycling clay without a lot of equipment or hassle.

Mixed glaze tests from 2 base glazes, the measuring devices used and the glazed tiles, ready to be fired.

4 Steps to Easy Color

Posted On July 23, 2010 0 Comments

Learn more about glazes through empirical testing. Glazes are all glasses, formed of different materials. There are essentially three categories of materials in a glaze: glass-formers, fluxes and stabilizers.