Ready-made casting slip is commercially available in all firing ranges, making it super convenient. But if you like to combine handbuilt or thrown elements in your slipcast pieces, it can be very difficult to find a casting slip with exact same shrinkage and absorption characteristics as your regular throwing or handbuilding body.In today’s post, an… Read More »
Ceramic molds have been used for centuries to help potters achieve repeatable forms, textures and designs. There are many molds readily available for both simple forms and textures, or you can choose to create your own ceramic molds based on a particular form or texture. Here, you can learn about mold making techniques and the many ways ceramic artists and potters are creatively using molds, from drape molds for functional work and press molds for tiles, to casting molds for sculptural compositions. Plus, if you haven't already, be sure to download your free copy of the Ceramic Mold Making Techniques: Tips for Making Plaster Molds and Slip Casting Clay, a directory of ceramics suppliers carrying all the raw materials you will need, plus reference material for the studio artist - professional or amateur, student or teacher.
My kitchen could use an overhaul, and though it is not probably going to happen for a long while, I still seem to constantly be looking for inspiration. One thing that I think would be a lovely touch to this dream kitchen is a custom tile backsplash.Of course, the most productive way of making consistent tiles… Read More »
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 »
Necessity is the mother of invention, as the saying goes, and Paul Donnelly’s tea trays are a prime example of this. These forms were inspired by the practical desire to keep his furniture ring free and a spoon or snack close at hand. By extending the length of the saucer, Paul not only made these… Read More »
If you’ve ever wanted to build a round ceramic sculpture, but working on the potter’s wheel is not your cup of tea, the technique presented in today’s post might be the answer. In it, Ursula Goebels-Ellis explains how she uses balloons to create her spherical sculptures. She also shares a clay body recipe that she… Read More »
Today’s pottery video features San Jose de Gracia, Mexico, potter Pedro Hernandez Carlos and his extended family demonstrating the methods of creating the beautiful and unique “pineapple” pots, for which they have become known. Excerpted from “Pottery of Mexico: The Pineapples of San Jose de Gracia and Patamban,” a new documentary produced by Texas potter… Read More »
Whether you need a drying bat, a simple hump mold, or you’re making a complex mold for slipcasting, you’ll need to mix plaster. Getting the plaster right can be a little challenging if you are new to it. So today we are hoping to give you all the resources to help you better understand and… Read More »