Slip has many uses in the pottery studio. Most often, slip is used on clay in the green state, but potter Terry Gess does things a little differently. He uses slip to decorate his pottery surfaces when they are in the bisqueware state. He likes the freedom that comes with knowing he can experiment and if he doesn’t like the results he can just wash it off and start over. But there are technical challenges to this method. Today, Terry explains the challenges and the method he has developed to overcome those challenges. He also shares three of his slip recipes. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
In today’s video, Cathi Jefferson demonstrates the decorative brushwork techniques she uses on her salt glazed work, showing both the decorative process and the finished results after the firing. Even though Cathi fires in a salt kiln – something I (and probably most of you readers) don’t have access to – I was completely inspired to try some of these techniques with the glazes I use at cone 6 electric. You should too! (And send me photos of the results! I might just post some on the daily blog!)
An Introduction to Salt-Soda Firing – Kiln Considerations and Loading Techniques that Enhance Results
In today’s video, Gordon Hutchens gives us a quick introduction to the salt/soda firing technique. He explains some of the considerations that go into building a salt/soda kiln (do not try this in an electric kiln or any other kiln that you wish to use for any other type of firing!). He also discusses some of the ways you can get great decorative results from the way the ware is placed in the kiln. If you wanted to know more about salt/soda firing, this video is a great place to start!
Today, I am presenting a Will Ruggles and Douglass Rankin slip recipe and tips for salt firing, excerpted from our latest free download The Salt Glaze Surface: A Guide to Salt Glazing and Firing. In addition, potter Cathi Jefferson explains how she used these recipes combined with terra sigilatta and Andrew Wong’s Luster Glaze to make the beautiful checkered surface shown here.
Today, salt and wood firing potter Michael Kline takes us through his wadding process sharing his wadding recipe and tips for successful stacking in the kiln. He also explains how he adds sea shells into the mix for a nice flashing effect.
University of Alabama graduate student Jason Doblin explains the method the UA ceramics department has come up with to make wadding pots foolproof.