One of my favorite things about ceramics is that there seem to be endless ways to decorate clay surfaces. In today’s post, Laura Kukkee demonstrates a couple of those. First she shows us how to slip trail and brush different colored slips to make very thin slabs that can then be cut up and affixed… Read More »
Learning how to work with ceramic colorants can be one of the most exciting parts of the ceramic process to the novice potter or ceramic artist. Developing the skills to effectively use ceramic colorants in glazes, slips and clay can really help potters and ceramic artists develop their voices in clay. This section features articles on how to use ceramic colorants in glaze recipes, how to use commercial stains, how underglazes can be used to create bright colors and so much more. Plus, don't forget to download your free copy of the 2012 Ceramic Arts Buyers Guide: A Ceramic Studio Supply Resource. If you're looking for ceramic supplies, glaze materials, ceramic equipment, or clay tools, the Buyers Guide lists nearly 300 companies offering tools and supplies.
I was so blown away by the work of cover artist Andrew Gilliatt on the upcoming January/February 2011 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated that I just had to share the article as a sneak peek in the blog today. With an undergraduate degree in graphic design, Andrew adorns his slipcast pottery with well-placed, layered, often… Read More »
The raw colors of the assorted stains above are close to the actual fired color.As we all know, adding color to your ceramic art can be a tricky proposition. Unlike working with paints, what you put on your prize pot or sculpture can be very different from how it looks before and after firing. So… Read More »
Aside from the thrill of playing with fire, pit firing is an exciting process because of all the exciting and unpredictable marks it can make on the pots. But if you have tried the technique without doing your research, you may have been disappointed by lackluster results. Sumi von Dassow has been using this process… Read More »
Elina Brandt-Hansen creates intricate patterns in colored porcelain, then applies thin layers over her stoneware sculptures. Today, ceramic artist Elina Brandt Hansen explains the method she came up with for getting the bright color she wanted out of her stoneware clay. By dressing her work up in colored porcelain “clothing,” she was able to… Read More »