A close-up of a stylized rooster painted in commercial underglaze on a set of 15 tiles, to be used as a tabletop. Step-by-step instructions are given on page 15.
Coiled, slab-built, pinched and thrown, all pieces on our cover this month were made by students of author Dorothea Swander. For details of her teaching techniques, see the feature article on page 16.
“Madonna and Child” is a four foot mosaic made of several different kinds of tesserae: melted bottle glass, handmade clay tesserae (glazed on one side) and glazed kitchen tile. See the article, “Mosaic Making—Group Style,” in this issue.
In this issue candleholders, tree ornaments, enameling, stoneware and much more. Cover art by Robert L. Creager.
Charlene Fisher of Michigan won a merit award for her 7½ inch gray and tan stoneware bottle with a brown line decoration. Another award went to Johnnie Gould of Ohio for a 13½ inch stoneware vase with a tan unglazed background and a gray glazed angular decoration.
This six-sided cookie jar by Don Wood was made from a cardboard mold and slabs of clay. Article begins on page 18 in this issue.
In this issue leaf-pressed pottery, enameling, birdbath design, how to stack a kiln and much more. Cover art by Robert L. Creager.
Stoneware bottle won one of the three equal awards in the ceramics category of the Sixth Annual Miami National Ceramics Exhibition. Made from a local stoneware clay, the pot has a red iron stain finger-painted over a white matt glaze. It was fired to cone 13 in a reducing atmosphere. The piece is 8 inches tall and 8 inches in diameter.
Detail of Alexander the Great taken from a mosaic floor depicting the defeat of the Persian King Darius at the Battle of Issus. This piece clearly shows how the Greeks imitated painting techniques by placing the tesserae close together like painter’s brush strokes. Dating Back to 100 B.C., this mosaic is on display in the Naples Museum.