Chris Campbell has been working with the colored clay for twenty years and, as she puts it, has not “come close to trying everything I want to do…there always seems to be another question, another idea. It’s just so much fun.” Today Chris joins us to help spread the fun with a simple colored clay project. Even though the project only starts with two different colors of clay, by mixing different proportions of the two colors, and arranging the results in different patterns in a loaf, surprisingly intricate patterns can be developed.
Today’s video is an excerpt from Curt Benzle’s forthcoming DVD Expanding your Creative Palette with Colored Clay (due out next month). Actually, it is a technique that we really really liked, but just couldn’t fit on the disc! In the clip, Curt demonstrates a simple way to create texture and pattern on a vessel by layering and carving colored slips. Watch the video!
Today, in an excerpt from our newest free download Successful Tips for Buying and Using Pottery Clay: How to Select the Right Clay, Estimate Your Clay Needs, and Test Clays for Better Results, Michael Wendt gives step-by-step instructions on how to effectively use the stack and slam method for wedging clay.
Gillian Parke shares her technique for getting a very coarse surface texture from a clay body typically chosen for its creamy smooth consistency.
Adding paper pulp and other fibers can make things you never thought possible with clay totally doable. Combining the fibers with clay reduce shrinkage in the drying stage and strengthen joints, allowing wet and dry pieces to be joined.
In today’s post, an excerpt from Additions to Clay Bodies, Kathleen Standen explains the ins and outs of the remarkable combination of clay and paper. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
The “Ombré” trend is pretty huge right now. Search the term on Pinterest and you’ll find everything from ombré cakes to ombré hair color. In case you’re unfamiliar with the term, it refers to color graduated from light to dark. In today’s post, Chris Campbell explains an easy way to create smooth ombre-like color blends (or Skinner Blends) with colored clay. There’s no reason we clay artists can’t be up on all the trends and get the ombre look with colored clay. To see the rest of the article and learn how to make beautiful objects (see above image!) with your color-blended clay, download your free copy of our new Workshop Handbook: Clay Projects and Studio Resources.
From decorative handles to functional spouts, attachments are featured in much of Martha Grover’s pottery. Since she works in porcelain, she has to be extra careful to make sure her attachments are stuck on tight. What she came up with to alleviate attachment headaches is a super sticky joining slip made of paper clay and vinegar. In today’s excerpt from her new DVD Creating Curves with Clay (which ships next week), Martha shows us how she makes her joining slip and attaches a handle. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
Paper clay is an ideal solution for building complex or delicate ceramic sculpture. Made by mixing any type of clay body — earthenware, stoneware, raku or porcelain — with paper pulp, paper clay improves joining capabilities and decreases warping and shrinkage, all the while reducing the heft of the work. But when it sits around, it can get rather stinky. In today’s post, Diane Gee explains her solution for avoiding the stink and making paper clay easy and convenient to store.
Debra Oliva’s work is inspired by a Samurai warrior’s suit of armor, which she saw on a visit to a museum. Impressed by the combinations of grays, blacks, and browns, as well as the patterns, textures, and fine details, Debra knew she had to work these elements into her clay work. She does this by throwing in sections with different colored clays, painstakingly etching surface designs, and adding more color with underglazes and terra sig. In today’s post, an excerpt from the September 2012 issue of Ceramics Monthly (coming soon to a newsstand or mailbox near you!), Debra explains her process.
Today I am sharing a clip from Curt Benzle’s DVD Expanding Your Creative Palette with Colored Clay. In this clip, he gives tips on making colored clays from scratch. I have to admit, I haven’t dabbled much in this technique because it seemed like an such an effort to make the colored clay. But, as Curt explains, it is really not that bad, especially if you set yourself up with a segmented plaster drying bat. Easy Peasy!