Today we are presenting one of the Honorable Mentions from our recent D.I.Y. Clay Tools Video Contest. This one comes from Cristine Boyd in Denver, Colorado. Cristine was having trouble finding a nice, sharp, affordable sgraffito tool that retained its sharpness so she took matters into her own hands. She discovered that spring steel –… Read More »
We all love clay tools: from the big machines for forming and firing, all the way down to little pieces of wood for carving. In the Carving Tools section of Ceramic Arts Daily, you’ll learn innovative techniques for making your own carving tools or adapting the carving tools you already own to be more ergonomic. And don't forget to download your free copy of the Ceramic Carving Tool Techniques: Bringing the Ceramic Surface to Life. This handy studio reference includes valuable technical references and great clay tools to help you with forming, surface decoration and firing. Plus, it has a comprehensive directory of manufacturers and suppliers that provide ceramic equipment, raw materials, clay tools and ceramic supplies.
Serving bowl, 10 in. (25 cm) in diameter, thrown, carved and dotted porcelain, fired to Cone 10 in reduction, 2007, $160.There are many reasons for the aesthetic choices artists make. Emily Reason chooses repetitive marks in part because she finds the action of making these decorations meditative. Emily is inspired by Sung Dynasty porcelain and… Read More »
Today Ellen Kong shares a tip she developed after attending a sgraffito workshop. Using cheap and readily available materials, she came up with a way to ease finger and hand strain from intricate carving. Thanks for the great tip, Ellen! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor. I recently attended a wonderful clay workshop focused on the… Read More »