Pottery Decorating Video: Using Fiber, Slip and Soft Clay to Make Beautiful Marks on Pottery and Ceramic Sculpture
In this clip, Robin goes over a couple of surface decoration techniques; one involving clay slip and fiber, and the other involving soft clay. As usual, Robin provides an excellent, clear explanation of these nifty little techniques and should inspire you to go directly to your studio at the first opportunity!
This five program series shows how to make a wide range of pots that work well in the home. Each video is full of detailed demonstrations and close-ups of a master potter at work. The series extends and complements Robin’s popular book, Functional Pottery.
In this excerpt from Beginning to Throw on the Potter’s Wheel, master potter Robin Hopper shares some tips for centering, throwing and trimming.
A while back, we posted an excerpt from Ceramics Monthly, in which Canadian potter Robin Hopper provided an explanation of the technique and a slip recipe that works well with it. Since then, Robin has recorded a new DVD. Today I am sharing an excerpt from that video, in which he demonstrates mocha diffusion and his slip dotting technique. I have also reposted the original article with the slip recipe
Today I’m sharing a clip from Robin Hopper’s new DVD Inspiration and Interpretation, in which he demonstrates a couple of painting techniques on this porcelain substrates (an industry cast off). Enjoy and have a nice weekend! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
This DVD explores the Creative Process from vision to reality.
Using four different series from his diverse range of Ceramic
work, Robin explains WHERE the idea started, WHY the technical
and process decisions were made and HOW the personal journey
proceeded from start to finish.
The processes shown are Agateware; Slipware – Dotting and
Mocha Diffusions; Majolica-style painted decoration on Porcelain;
and the use of Porcelain Canvas™ for Ceramic Drawings and
In today’s post, Robin Hopper presents a possible solution for those who want to paint, but would like to incorporate marks that can only be made by the magic of the kiln. Robin has been experimenting with painting on substrates, high-tech, porcelain-like, super-thin, pre-fired sheets of mostly alumina that were developed for use in the automotive, electronic, avionics, medical, and military fields. Working with cast-offs from industry, Robin has found that the material is affordable and has been giving him terrific results. Plus, he is making something beautiful from would-be landfill fodder.
If you could have a flat sheet of ceramic material that is about 1
millimeter thick, is more durable than stoneware, shows no warping or
cracking at cone 10, and will accept just about any ceramic surface
treatment, why wouldn’t you use it? It’s not a matter of scientific
limitation, it’s just that high-alumina ceramic substrates have not
been readily available to studio artists—until now.
In today’s video, Robin Hopper shows us how he paddles bowls into the shapes he wants when he gets bored with the traditional round thrown form. This techniques creates nice straight sides with subtle rounded
corners, and no marks on the inside of the pot. Plus, these straight
sides make wonderful canvases for decoration. Watch the video!