Clay shrinkage. Pesky clay shrinkage. Nearly every beginner with clay has had the experience of getting their first piece out of the kiln and thinking “this was so much bigger when I made it!” Of course, clay shrinkage is a fact of life and as you build your skills you learn to accommodate for it… Read More »
Trying to figure out which clay body to use for your work? There are so many options of ceramic and pottery clay out there it can be difficult to learn which one is best suited for the work you want to make. This section of Ceramic Arts Daily is designed to help you learn about many types of pottery clay available and figure out which one has the characteristics you are looking for. Whether you are planning to mix your own or buy premade pottery clay, these articles will help demystify the process. And, if you haven't already, be sure to download your free copy of the Successful Tips for Buying and Using Pottery Clay: How to Select the Right Clay, Estimate your Clay Needs, and Test Clays for Better Results, a great studio reference for finding the pottery clay that's right for you.
Agateware pottery features swirling marbleized colors and was probably first developed to imitate the qualities of agate, a semiprecious stone with striated patterning. These swirling effects can be created either by throwing with a prepared mixture of colored clays, or by working with thin slabs of colored clay that has been layered to create patterns…. Read More »
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 »
In ceramics there are many things that you have to practice over and over before things click. Wedging is one of those things. At first, everybody wedges more air into the clay than they take out and it just takes time and experience to learn how to wrangle the clay into a nice homogeneous mass…. Read More »
Graham Sheehan pours some local clay through a sieve.There is an abundance of clay in my area, and I have occasionally thought about making work out of local clay, but the process seemed intimidating, so I never actually tried it (or maybe it was just pure laziness!). But as Graham Sheehan demonstrates in today’s video… Read More »
Even if you love the sculpture or pottery clay you use, at one point or another, the need or desire to change clays can arise. You might want a clay body that shrinks less, or want to change from an iron rich clay body to a porcelain. Whatever the reason, whether you are buying commercial… Read More »
Two pots that were inspired by Southwest Native American pottery. These pots were printed using powdered slip and binder in a three-dimensional printer (notice the striations where each layer of clay was deposited on the printer bed) and were then fired. Two beamlike objects that change cross-section along their central axis. These forms were printed… Read More »