Not even Jenny Mendes herself can explain the mystery of how her imagery makes it out of her subconscious and onto her clay tile paintings. But she can explain the technical details of scratching her drawings into moist clay and layering various colors of terra sigillata to create her rich illustrations. That’s exactly what she does in today’s post. Enjoy!
Nowadays, ceramic artists are spoiled. It wasn’t that long ago that getting the colors and surfaces you wanted took a lifetime of experimentation. But because of developments in modern stain technology, we have practically every color of the rainbow at our fingertips. In today’s post, John Britt explains the ins and outs of ceramic stains and gives a recipe for you to experiment with.
Mitch Lyons returns today with an excerpt from his full-length DVD Handbuilding with Mitch Lyons. In it, he shares some great ideas for decorating pottery with colored slips.
In today’s post, Tim Ludwig explains how he creates his lovely botanical paintings on his pottery. He also shares the recipes for his slip and earthenware clay body.
In this feature, Faith Rahill walks us step-by-step through the creation of a colored block of clay that she slices and uses as an inlay pattern on a platter. This is one of those techniques that is simple and straightforward, but requires a lot of attention to detail. Luckily, Faith covers all the bases for us so that we can plan for success. Enjoy!
Pottery Video of the Week: How to Combine Homemade Customizable Underglaze Transfers With Paper Stencils for a Beautiful Layered Effect
There are many different techniques for doing image transfers on clay and, in today’s video, Erin Furimsky demonstrates one of my favorites. This one allows you to make your own personalized transfer paper, kind of like the rice paper transfers that are available commercially.
There is no shortage of application techniques using ceramic underglazes. Laura Kukkee creates her decoration with underglazes on newspaper then transfers it to a freshly rolled clay slab. She also builds up layers of different colored slips and underglaze decoration on newsprint to create a very thin slab. Then she cuts the slab into pieces and uses an appliqué technique to apply the decorated pieces to pots. She also demonstrates silk screened and inlaid appliqué.
Layers of Color: Using Different Colors of Casting Slip, Resist Patterns and Decals to Create Graphical Pottery Surfaces
Today, Andrew Gilliatt explains how he arrives at his super fun surfaces by adding color in stages with colored casting slip, glaze, and decals. Plus, he shares his casting slip and a couple of glaze recipes!
As we all know, adding color to your ceramic art can be a tricky proposition, so it helps to have a good understanding of all of the options out there for ceramic artists. That’s why we decided to put together our latest free download How to Add Color to Your Ceramic Art: A Guide to Using Ceramic Colorants, Ceramic Stains, and Ceramic Oxides. Today’s post is a sampling of what’s inside!