I am always looking for new ways to add designs and imagery to my work and I am always amazed that I keep discovering new techniques. Case in point: the Brenda Quinn article in the latest issue of Pottery Making Illustrated. Brenda creates lovely surfaces by drawing a design on top of the glazed surface, then waxing over it, then carving the design through the wax and brushing a diluted underglaze into the carved areas. Pretty cool. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
Today, I thought I would share another fantastic layered surface technique from Erin Furimsky’s Layered Surfaces DVD. In this one, she takes ordinary foam craft stamps and puts her own twist on them. Then she combines that look with sgraffito (see finished glazed and fired piece below video!). Gorgeous, as usual. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
Judith King jokes that she has a split personality. Half of her wants to draw and paint, while the other half wants to make pottery. Her coping mechanism: make work that incorporates both. But we all know that it can be difficult to draw on clay. In today’s post Judith explains how she makes it work by using and image transfer technique to get her draw.
Wow! The first time I saw photos of Jeffrey Nichols’ pottery (and pretty much every subsequent time), I couldn’t help but say wow. I’d suspect it is a fairly typical reaction to the vibrant (and vibrant is a bit of an understatement) surfaces of his vessels. Well, today, Jeffrey kindly shares his technique with us.
In today’s post, an excerpt from our latest freebie the Underglaze Users Guide: How to Use Underglazes to Add Color and Graphic Interest to Your Pottery Projects, Holly Goring, associate editor of Pottery Making Illustrated and Ceramics Monthly shares her adventures in home made underglazes, and her underglaze recipe too!
In today’s post, an excerpt from the November/December 2011 Pottery Making Illustrated, Courtney Murphy explains how she combines underglaze decoration over a majolica glaze to create her delightfully simple illustrations. She also throws in a couple of recipes!
In today’s video, an excerpt from Layered Surfaces (which is now shipping!), Erin Furimsky slip trails some patterns on a piece, then paints a couple of layers of different colored underglazes on top. After everything dries to bone dry, she sands and scrapes away at the layers creating an effect similar in appearance to weathered and worn layered paint. And it is gorgeous. Check it out!
Lately, I’ve been experimenting more and more with introducing imagery and/or pattern to my surfaces. Mostly I have been working with screen printing and stencils in this new work, but a recent article in Pottery Making Illustrated made me want to start experimenting with the variety of oxide, underglaze, and glaze pens that are on the market. In today’s blog post, I am going to share that recent article, which includes tips for working with these handy tools.