There is nothing worse than losing a bunch of work because it dried out too much before you could get back to work on the next step. I can’t count high enough to tell you how many times this has happened to me! Plastic bags are great at slowing down the drying process, but they… Read More »
Making Clay Tools
Ceramic artists are some of the most creative people out there when it comes to their tools of the trade. Nothing is off limits as a potential clay tool and no clay tool has just one use. To prove it, we’ve gathered some of the most clever tips and techniques out there for making your own clay tools. And don't forget to download your free copy of the Clay Workshop Handbook: Knowledge and Techniques for the Pottery Studio. 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.
Space is a valuable resource to most ceramic artists and that includes potters with a tiny space tucked in the basement, students with a single table and chair in a classroom, and community art centers like the one shown here. Reclaiming clay can take over these small spaces—but this tip to make your own movable reclaim table can help.
Texture can be addictive in pottery, and there are an infinite variety of tools that can be used to create texture. Of course, the best texture tools are homemade because you can really make your own mark.In today’s post, an excerpt from the Pottery Making Illustrated archives, Larry Elardo demonstrates how he makes textured boards… Read More »
I have a long way to go to make my studio as ergonomic as it should be, but since I spend more hours behind a desk than behind my wheel, it hasn’t been too much of a problem. But if you are spending long hours in the studio, a key part of keeping yourself healthy… Read More »
This clip was excerpted from Part Sculpture – Part Function: Handbuilding Graceful Minimalist Forms, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Shop! Easily Create New Forms from a Block of Clay with this Genius Ceramic ToolComing up with your own unique pottery forms is easier when you have the right clay tools for the job… Read More »
Getting glazes to come out the same from batch to batch is a lot easier if you are sure the glaze is mixed to the same consistency each time. Many potters just eyeball it (you know, “mix to the consistency of skim milk”), but to get scientific, you need to measure the specific gravity with… Read More »
One of the things I really like about clay is how easily it meshes with printmaking, another art form I really dig. I remember making linocut prints back in grade school art class with Mrs. Duffy. It was one of my favorite projects and perhaps where my love of printmaking and texture first emerged.In today’s… Read More »
Potter Ann Ruel says that, although it was the mesmerizing spin of the potter’s wheel that originally drew her in to pottery, she soon felt she needed to break those circular boundaries. So she started altering her pieces into more complex forms.Today, we present a technique Ann uses for making interestingly shaped press molds out… Read More »
Chances are, if you have a mailbox, it is filled to the brim every day with direct mail credit card offers. Many of these offers come with those plastic fake credit cards. You have probably heard that these and other retired credit cards can be put to use in the ceramics studio as throwing ribs…. Read More »
In this post, potter Charan Sachar explains the cool design of his easy-to-make and super-effective sink trap. Have a look! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor. fig.1 – click to enlargeWorking with clay can sure be messy, and throwing your mess down the drain is just not an option. Having worked in several studios during the last five… Read More »