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Creating Interesting Surfaces through Layering and Good Composition

Posted On November 6, 2015 0 Comments
To create surfaces that are really compelling, it often helps to start your decorating before the glazing stage and layer techniques. That, along with good composition, can make the difference between a “just okay” pot and a stellar pot.   Today, I am sharing two excellent examples of layered surfaces with excellent composition, from two… Read More »
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Combining Stamped Underglaze Decoration with Shellac Resist to Create Gorgeous Layered Surfaces

Posted On October 23, 2015 35 Comments

A few weeks ago, the lovely and talented Erin Furimsky spent a few days here filming a DVD on layered ceramic surfaces, which will be out in July. I was so excited by the techniques that Erin demonstrated, that it was actually a little bit torturous to be behind the camera. I just wanted to race to the studio and start experimenting! Today I am sharing an excerpt from Erin’s DVD in which she combines a shellac-resist technique with stamped-on underglaze imagery. Have a look and then race to your studio to try it out!


How to Transfer Hand-Drawn Designs to Pottery Surfaces With Slip and Newspaper

Posted On October 19, 2015 2 Comments
An interesting twist on image transfer on ceramic surfaces Image transfer is hot hot hot in ceramics these days and we have shared a bunch of different image transfer techniques here on CAD. Today’s post has another great way to transfer images to ceramic surfaces – and one I hadn’t really seen before.   In… Read More »

How to Use Wax Resist and Ceramic Underglaze for Fine-Line Inlaid Decoration

Posted On October 2, 2015 9 Comments
A Great Way to Make Precise Lines with Ceramic Underglaze and Wax Resist Lately I have been doing a lot of ceramic underglaze inlay – sometimes called Mishima, or slip inlay – and I just love the results. One thing I don’t care for though is when parts of my lines chip off if the clay gets… Read More »

Resistance is Not Futile: Great Decoration with Resists

Posted On September 30, 2015 9 Comments

The options are many when it comes to creating decoration on your pottery with resists. Deanna Ranlett put several of them to the test.

In today’s post, we’re sharing Deanna’s assessment of wax resist and latex resist. For more, check out the September/October 2013 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


How to Create Cool Surfaces with Wet Slip Inlay

Posted On September 2, 2015 12 Comments

Wet slip inlay is a great technique for getting fantastic organic patterning on pots. Basically it consists of layering contrasting colors of slip on a slab and jiggling the slab to distort the slip layers into interesting marbled designs. In today’s post, a sneak peek from the upcoming September 2013 issue of Ceramics Monthly, Robert Strasser shares his techniques and tips for working with wet slip inlay. For the rest of the article, keep your eye out for the September 2013 issue of CM!


Layers of Information: How to Build Surface Texture Layer by Layer

Posted On August 12, 2015 5 Comments

Today, Annie Chrietzberg explains how Lana Wilson uses bisque stamps, textured materials, rolling, and paddling to create layered texture on her work. She also explains her darting technique for creating a slab-built platter.


How to Silk Screen onto Wet Clay Using Dry Glaze Materials

Posted On August 5, 2015 2 Comments
Brad Menninga was interested in screen printing on wet clay, but didn’t want to mess with screen printing medium or long drying times to get his “inks” (in this case a glaze) to the consistency at which they wouldn’t run. So he thought, why not start with dry materials?   So he came up with… Read More »

A Brilliant Warm-Up Exercise for Brushwork Decoration

Posted On July 31, 2015 2 Comments
I love love love the look of brushwork decoration, but up to now, I have been a big chicken about actually trying it myself. I’ve never been very good at getting nice fluid brushstrokes and I have never wanted to practice on a pot. I know I could practice on paper, but it’s just not… Read More »

How to Use Subtractive Layering to Make Surfaces with Great Depth

Posted On July 6, 2015 6 Comments

Angelique Tassistro’s intense layered surfaces came about through what we in the ceramics world call a happy accident. After spending hours creating a checkered pattern on a large platter, she dripped an unwanted blob of glaze smack dab in the middle. Halfway through cleaning off the platter, she saw a lovely line that was softer and less rigid, and she realized she was onto something. In today’s post, an excerpt from the September/October 2013 Pottery Making Illustrated, Angelique explains how she creates her signature surfaces.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.