Chances are, if you have a mailbox, it is filled to the brim every day with direct mail credit card offers. Many of these offers come with those plastic fake credit cards. You have probably heard that these and other retired credit cards can be put to use in the ceramics studio as throwing ribs…. Read More »
Clay extruders are excellent tools for the ceramics studio and come in all shapes and sizes – from repurposing small, plastic children’s toys for small extrusions to using a commercial extruder to create pieces for largescale ceramic sculpture, clay artists have been using this tool with great results. Here, you’ll see some great examples of work created with clay extruders and learn how you can use this tool in your own work. And don't forget to download your free copy of the Clay Extruder Users Guide: Tips, Techniques, and Projects for Getting the Most Out of Your Ceramic Extruder. This handy studio reference includes valuable technical references and great clay tools to help you with forming, surface decoration and firing. Plus, it has a comprehensive directory of manufacturers and suppliers that provide ceramic equipment, raw materials, clay tools and ceramic supplies.
A handheld extruder comes in handy for adding decorative elements to your work. Daryl provides a rundown on how to make a simple extruder from a caulk gun, or buying kitchen gadgets from the housewares department or by rummaging through yard sales. Check out Daryl’s book, The Extruder Book in the Ceramic Arts Bookstore.
There’s a lot more to the extruder than making strap handles. With a multitude of commercial dies or custom homemade dies, the only limit is the imagination. In today’s post, an excerpt from his DVD The Extruder Video: Making the Most Out of Your Clay Extruder, Daryl Baird shows how he dresses up an ordinary… Read More »
Address signs are fun to make as housewarming gifts for friends and family, or to put your own personal stamp on your own house. In today’s post, an excerpt from The Extruder Book, Daryl Baird shows how to make a lovely address sign with extruded parts. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor. Recently, a friend asked… Read More »
There’s a lot more to the extruder than making strap handles. With a multitude of commercial dies or custom homemade dies, the only limit is the imagination. In today’s post, an excerpt from his DVD The Extruder Video, Daryl Baird demonstrates how he uses a commercial hexagonal die to make a neat wall pocket vase.-… Read More »
Daryl Baird’s Extruder Book has just been revised and re-released, this time with 19 great how-to projects from beginning to end (including beautiful color photographs of the process and the finished pieces!) In today’s post, I thought I would share one of those projects: a casserole dish that combines slabs and extrusions. – Jennifer Harnetty,… Read More »
Clay extruders are handy tools for the ceramics studio and can be used to make some amazing work – and you don’t have to spend a lot of money to own one. You can easily make a simple handheld extruder out of a caulking gun or, if you really have a knack for making tools,… Read More »
Today, we are happy to present the last finalist in our DIY Clay Tools Video Contest: Craig Rhodes and his oversized splash pan. Plus I have included the other finalists’ videos, for your review. Just scroll down the page! We hope you enjoy these videos as much as we have! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor…. Read More »
Today, we are happy to present the next finalist in our DIY Clay Tools Video Contest: Murry Gans and his homemade extruder.We’ll present the next finalist Friday, July 30. A link to the voting page for the grand prize winner will be posted on Friday July 30, and voting will continue through midnight (Eastern Standard… Read More »
We recently got a clay extruder at the studio where I work. I had never really used an extruder and, so far, I have been having fun using it for my mug handles. But I know the creative possibilities are endless with this new tool and I am excited to play around with it some… Read More »