At first glance, one might assume that Shuji Ikeda’s baskets (like the one at the left) are woven out of reeds. But Ikeda uses slabs and extruded pieces of clay to painstakingly construct these forms. It takes a lot of patience, but the end results are exquisite, as you can see. Shuji calls this work… 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.
Pots with twisted coil rims and handles have been made since ancient times. Lots of beginning pottery students try making pots with twisted coils, but because of cracking during drying and/or firing, they have a high failure rate. Extruding the coils puts an end to cracking problems, as well as speeding up the job considerably.
Assemble it correctly. Make sure your extruder is assembled correctly, according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If you bought a used or custom-made extruder, ask the person who sold it to you to cover the operation basics, if possible.
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 »