Want to make quick work of multiple, handbuilt plate forms? Try Styrofoam rings found in most craft supply stores (for wreath making), They’re inexpensive, lightweight, and easy to store.In today’s post, an excerpt from the February 2015 issue of Ceramics Monthly, Nancy Gallagher explains this great plate-making system. – Jennifer Poellot Harnetty, editor. I like to… Read More »
When you think of wheel-thrown plates, chances are you think of the round variety. But when you make them with a thrown ring and a slab bottom, the possibilities for more expressive forms open up. Amelia Stamps makes her wheel thrown platters for her tea sets in this way. By changing the shape of the platter from plain round to kidney shaped, she helps it tie into the curves on the other pieces in the tea set.
In today’s video, an excerpt from Making and Decorating a Tea Set, you’ll see how she creates the perfect shaped plate to compliment her tea sets. But that’s not the only cool technique you’ll pick up! You’ll also see three other decorative ideas that help to tie her sets together. – Jennifer Poellot Harnetty, editor.
Jennifer Allen’s video, Fundamentals of Wheel Throwing, is the perfect foundation to her other video, Intermediate Wheel Throwing. Buy them individually or SAVE $10 when you buy both!Throwing cups and mugs is one of my favorite things to do on the wheel. Partially out of habit, and partially because I secretly love trimming, I usually end up trimming… Read More »
This clip was excerpted from Making & Decorating a Tea Set, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Shop! Learn to make a wheel thrown jar in one piece!Learning how to make a clay jar is an exciting process for the ceramic artist. There are many different ways to go about making jars, from the classic… Read More »
As clay artists, we’ve all upcycled old, out-of-use objects into useful studio tools (think credit card rib). But I had never thought about it in terms of using my clay work to help breathe new life into an old object until I saw Kristin Pavelka’s article in the November/December 2012 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated.Kristin… Read More »
This clip was excerpted from Creating Curves with Clay, which is 40% off original list price in the Ceramic Arts Daily Shop!sale ends 5/29/17 at 7 am EDTHandles are something I struggled with for a long time. Once I started to get my handles the way I wanted, I realized that my pieces as a whole… Read More »
Cookout season is upon us, so I thought I would pass on a somewhat cookout-related project for this Wednesday morning. When potter Clay Cunningham lost his glass patio tabletop in a spring storm, he decided to keep the existing table frame and replace the glass top with a ceramic mosaic top. In this post, Clay explains… Read More »
If you are looking for a different and interesting way to make handles for your pots, you might want to investigate how to make cane handles. Sure, you can buy pre-made cane or bamboo handles for pottery, but if you make them yourself, you can really make your mark.In today’s post, an excerpt from the… Read More »
This clip was excerpted from Figure to Function: Altered Pots Inspired by the Human Form, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Shop! Make a Four-Footed Wheel-Thrown TeapotFor years, I have wondered how Tara Wilson makes her charming animated teapot feet. I knew Tara was primarily a wheel thrower, and I figured she must just… Read More »
Using templates for slab pottery is a great way to consistently build a form over and over again. But there are more benefits than just that. Andrew Avakian makes templates to help generate new slab built forms. Andrew creates maquettes of possible new pieces using tagboard and then tweaks them until he creates the desired… Read More »