Today we bring you a couple of tips from Ceramic Arts Daily readers about two essential items for any clay studio: plaster and plastic storage bins. Plaster is used in the ceramic process for many things: for molds, as throwing bats and for reclaiming clay, to name a few. The two tips below address how… 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.
A slightly modified clothespin is an excellent tool for making parallel lines on clay.Today we bring you a couple of great reader-submitted tips for ceramic tools. These tips involve items that you probably already own, but never thought to use for clay studio purposes. Following a laundry theme, ceramic artists Ken Magee of Talahassee, Florida,… Read More »
I love when people come up with nifty new uses for things that might otherwise be throw-away items. Today we bring you a tip for just such a handmade gadget for slipping and scoring. Paveen Chunhaswasdikul of Gadsden, Alabama, repurposed an empty glue bottle to come up with this all-in-one tool to use when adjoining… Read More »
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 »
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 »