When I saw Linda Arbuckle’s article about die cutters in the March 2015 issue of Ceramics Monthly, I remembered how much I want a die cutter! Ever since filming Andrew Gilliatt’s DVD Layers of Color, I have coveted this tool.
In today’s post, an excerpt from the CM article, Linda explains how artists are using die cutters in creative ways in their ceramic work. I’m going to start saving my pennies so I can get one of these awesome tools soon!! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
In today’s post, Annie Chrietzberg explains how potter Cynthia Guajardo mixes linocut printing with clay. It’s a fantastic method for creating repeatable customized texture on pottery.
Robin Hopper talks about the importance of a good brush and demonstrates one type of maiolica-style on-glaze decoration that can be created on pottery using different colored glazes, a brush and a slip trailer.
Polymer Clay Texture Stamps: Easy to Make Tools for Applying Texture to Ceramic Sculpture or Pottery
Virginia Cartwright’s polymer clay stamps are quick and easy to make and even more durable than bisque stamps.
When most of us think of stenciling on pottery, we probably think of laying down a stencil and painting over it with an underglaze or a glaze. But since clay is malleable, we don’t have to stop there! In today’s video, an excerpt from her DVD Creative Forming with Custom Texture, Amy Sanders shares her technique of texture stenciling. What a fabulous idea!
In today’s post, Bill Jones highlights seven great tools for rolling texture onto pottery. Some can be hand made using readily available supplies and some can be found at your local pottery supplier. All are super fun!
Unlike regular ceramic glazes, with china paint what you see is what you get. China paints are consistent, durable and can produce any effect you can get from paint or ink. But of course, before you can get great results, you need to become familiar with the tools and master their effects. In this excerpt from New Directions in China Painting (which is now shipping!), Paul Lewing explains how to uses the brushes and wipeout tools used by china painters. Watch and learn! -Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
Though she had started out her artistic career as a potter, life’s twists and turns caused Susan Kotulak to shift gears and pursue textile arts. But the clay called her back and she now works actively in both media. It’s no surprise, then, that having this dual focus would eventually lead to the two processes influencing one another. Today, Susan shares a super cool technique that she developed for pottery using materials from her textile/surface design work. Hope you are as excited to try it as I am!
Handbuilding Video: Sandi Pierantozzi Demonstrates How to Use a Template to Make a Textured Soft-Slab-Built Bowl with a Wrapped Rim
In today’s clip, Sandi Pierantozzi demonstrates a cool soft slab building technique for a bowl with a wrapped rim. She also explains the template system she uses to make her pottery. Watch the video!