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How to Sculpt Mammal Heads in Clay

Posted On July 18, 2014 9 Comments

Last summer, Lisa Naples came to town for a marathon week of filming two DVDs. The first one, Flat to Functional, was launched in March, and I am happy to say her much-anticipated Narrative Animal Sculpture, makes its debut today! As both an animal lover and a clay lover (not to mention a big fan of the lovely Lisa Naples), I really enjoyed this video.

For today’s video, I’m sharing a (much condensed) clip in which Lisa demonstrates sculpting a rabbit’s head – but as she points out, the process can be applied to all mammals with special attention paid to the unique features of each one. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Narrative Animal Sculpture with Lisa Naples

Posted On July 17, 2014 Comments Off

Animals have long been used as symbols in storytelling all around the world, and visual artists have been using animal figures in artwork for just as long. In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents Video Series, Lisa Naples shares her insights and techniques on sculpting animals in clay to tell stories. She begins with a mixed media project, explaining not only the ins and outs of sculpting convincing mammal forms in clay, but also the technical issues of building clay pieces to successfully mesh with non clay materials. She also explores the process of pairing animal parts with pottery forms, creating a sculptural bird vase. In addition, Lisa shows how to make the figures come alive through her fabulous brush work and dry-brush slip application. Throughout the video, Lisa shares her insights on how to play with ideas and incorporate symbolism and meaning into your work.

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How to Use Slips of Varying Thickness to Create Texture

Posted On May 9, 2014 3 Comments

There are lots of ways to create texture on pottery, the most obvious being stamping the malleable surface. But Lisa Naples creates beautiful random texture on her work with slips of varying consistencies. In today’s post, an excerpt from her our compilation DVD Handbuilding: Texture and Surface, she demonstrates how her thin, thick, and thicker slips can build up different textures creating lovely surfaces.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Tips for Consistent Results in Glazing

Posted On April 4, 2014 14 Comments

If you have ever experienced using a tried and true glaze in one firing and had the exact same glaze come out completely differently in a later firing. There are lots of different reasons why this could happen, but a common one is that the glaze density was not consistent from one glazing session to the next. In today’s post, an excerpt from her new DVD Flat to Functional: Handbuilding and Slip Decorating, Lisa Naples gives some great tips for making sure your glaze results are consistent.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Flat to Functional: Handbuilding & Slip Decorating

Posted On March 21, 2014 Comments Off
In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents Video Series, potter Lisa Naples shares her love of handbuilding with earthenware. Determined to change the myth that earthenware is punky and weak, Lisa explains how this beautiful forgiving clay body is every bit as strong as its higher-fired counterparts when it is fired beyond the traditional Cone 04. In addition to covering the mechanics of good slab rolling, Lisa guides you through her straightforward soft-slab building techniques. She demonstrates how to add interest to handbuilt forms by adding texture and cutting darts to create custom shapes. In the decorating portion of the video, Lisa gives a thorough explanation of her “dry” and “wet” slip brushing techniques, explaining how they can add both beautiful texture and color. In addition, she explains how to effectively use animal imagery to tell stories on functional objects.

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Pottery Video! Tips for Strong Joints on Slab Built Pottery

Posted On March 21, 2014 16 Comments

I am happy to announce that the lovely Lisa Naples’s DVD Flat to Functional: Handbuilding and Slip Decorating, is making its debut to the world today. Lisa is a consummate teacher with a gift for explaining how her hands manipulate the clay. In today’s clip, I’ve gathered a couple of particularly good little nuggets of information on making your slab built joints super strong. Enjoy! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.