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Ceramic Decorating Techniques

Explore the possibilities of decorating ceramics with techniques used at the forming stage through final glazing and even post-firing methods. Interested in trying out terra sigillata techniques? You'll find recipes and techniques here. Have you always wanted to try your hand at raku firing? You can learn more about it here. Wondering what is possible with commercial glazes? Look no farther! We've gathered myriad articles on myriad ceramic decorating techniques here in one place. The possibilities of what can be done with clay, ceramic tools, materials and a little imagination are virtually endless, and you'll find even more inspiration in the Ceramic Arts Daily Bookstore.


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Connecting the Dots: Slip Dotting and Feathering

Posted On February 24, 2014 3 Comments

While in graduate school, Elizabeth Sparks became interested in traditional slipware pottery. So she tore through books and magazines to learn about the technique. She combined that research with an interest in using local raw materials. In today’s post, she shares her slip dotting and feathering techniques.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Less is More: A Minimalist Approach to Glazing Ceramics

Posted On February 17, 2014 26 Comments

Karen Swyler takes a subtle approach to her glazing, juxtaposing raw white porcelain
surfaces with ribbons of shiny clear-glazed lines or small accents of
color. Today, in an excerpt from an upcoming Ceramics Monthly profile, she explains her less-is-more glazing technique.

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An Easy Way to Add Screen Printing to Your Decorating Repertoire

Posted On January 9, 2014 6 Comments

I love the look of screen printed images but I avoided trying screen printing on my clay work until I discovered a super easy way to make the screens using the sun as an “exposure unit.” Now I have been having lots of fun experimenting with the technique. In today’s post, an excerpt from her DVD Form, Pattern, and Underglaze, Meredith Host demonstrates how easy it is to make these screens and get started with screen printing on clay.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Festive Flower Bricks: Coil-Built Forms Fit For a Party

Posted On December 30, 2013 20 Comments

Today, in an excerpt from the November/December 2010 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, Arthur Halversen takes us through the coil building process he uses to construct his flower brick forms. He also shares his recipe for the frosting-like glaze he uses – the icing on the cake, as they say. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Pottery Video of the Week: How to Make an Inverse Laser Decal

Posted On December 20, 2013 7 Comments

 In this excerpt from his new DVD Ceramic Decals: New Ideas and Techniques, Justin Rothshank takes us step by step through the process of creating and applying an inverse laser decal, including the photoshop portion.

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Defining Space with Slip Trailing, Sgraffito, and Underglaze

Posted On November 15, 2013 2 Comments

Ben Carter thinks about design at every stage of the game when making pots. When he is throwing and altering, he is specifically considering the decoration that he will apply later.

 

In today’s video, an excerpt from his brand spanking new DVD Design for the Soft Surface: Throwing, Handbuilding, and Slip Decorating, Ben shows how he uses slip trailing, sgraffito, and underglaze painting in his work, and explains the thought process in deciding where the marks go. Though Ben works with earthenware at the low end of the firing range, but the colored underglaze technique can be used at any temperature range with a suitable transparent overglaze.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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How to Make a Gestural Wheel-Thrown Mug

Posted On November 13, 2013 3 Comments
I really liked the following quote from Sean O’Connell’s recent article in Ceramics Monthly: “Technical ability grows naturally with experience, but conceptual rigor needs constant attention and exploration.” I think it is all too easy to let the conceptual rigor slide, yet paying attention to your influences and working hard to successfully mesh them with… Read More »
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How to Make Magic Rice Paper Transfers for Pottery

Posted On October 23, 2013 4 Comments

A couple NCECAs ago I bought some rice paper transfers from a supplier at the conference. They are super fun to play around with and very easy to use, but as with anything commercially made, they are not unique to me.

So I loved this article from the Pottery Making Illustrated archive vault (buy the pdf of the issue in which it appeared here!) about making custom rice paper transfers. Read on to get the scoop! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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How to Use Slip Inlay with Wax to Create Thin Lined Decoration on Pottery

Posted On October 2, 2013 0 Comments

Making thin lines on pottery is a challenge with a slip trailer, but there are a couple other options that can get the job done: mishima, slip inlay with wax, and maybe some others. In today’s post, we’ll focus on slip inlay with wax. Doug Peltzman uses this technique, combined with some latex resist to create his beautiful segmented decoration. Read on to see how he does it! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Screen Printing and Stenciling Underglaze Designs on Curvy Pots

Posted On September 27, 2013 9 Comments

Today’s video clip didn’t quite fit onto the new Meredith Host DVD because we ran out of space. But I just couldn’t bear having it languish on the cutting room floor, so I decided to share it with you all today. As we all know, transferring two-dimensional designs onto a three-dimensional surface can be challenging – especially if that surface is curvy. In this clip, Meredith shows how she approaches screen printed and stenciled decoration on one of her curvy mugs. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.