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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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Photo Lithography on Clay: A Surprisingly Simple Way to Print Images On Clay

Posted On May 7, 2010 135 Comments

Though the name sounds a bit intimidating, photo lithography image transfer onto clay, is not a terribly difficult process. You just need to get a couple of tools that you might not have on hand, but once you do that, it’s a piece of cake. In today’s video, Kristina Bogdanov shows us how. Watch the video!

Cathi Jefferson applies some brushed line decoration to a mug for salt glazing.

Ceramics Decorating Video: Beautiful Brushwork – Cathi Jefferson Shares her Decorative Techniques

Posted On April 30, 2010 31 Comments

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!)

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Ceramics Decorating Video: Carving and Slip Trailing Techniques with Mary Cuzick

Posted On April 2, 2010 22 Comments

In today’s video, Mary Cuzick demonstrates her carving and slip trailing techniques. Workshops (and conferences like NCECA) are such wonderful tools for rejuvenating one’s artistic practice and learning new skills, so I thought sharing a workshop video was a fittin.g way to wrap up our Education Week coverage

Blue and White Jar, 23 in. (58 cm) in height, porcelain with inlayed cobalt pigments.

Laying it on Thick: Decorating with Slip Inlay on Bisqueware

Posted On March 22, 2010 31 Comments

If you frequent Ceramic Arts Daily, you may be familiar with the term Mishima because we’ve posted several different variations on the technique in the past. Mishima is a traditional Korean surface decorating technique that involves inlaying a colored slip into incised lines on leather-hard clay. I have found another variation on Mishima that I just had to share today. In this post, ceramic artist Steven Young Lee explains the Mishima variation that works best for his work. Instead of working with leather hard clay, Lee inlays his slip into bisqueware and then scrapes
it off with a metal rib.

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Ceramics Decorating Video: How to Mix and Apply Terra Sigillata for Burnishing Pottery

Posted On December 18, 2009 32 Comments

In today’s video, an excerpt from her new DVD Pit Firing and Burnishing, Sumi von Dassow demonstrates how to mix and apply terra sigillata to burnish into a beautiful sheen.

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Adding Dimension to Stenciled Imagery on Pottery

Posted On November 2, 2009 15 Comments

Stenciling is a great decorative technique for pottery. In the latest issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, Ann Ruel shares her ideas for getting a stenciled look with more dimension. I thought her ideas were pretty nifty so I have excerpted from the article in today’s post.

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Make Your Pottery Shine Without Glaze: Sumi Von Dassow Explains the Basics of Burnishing Pottery

Posted On October 5, 2009 16 Comments

In today’s post, an excerpt from her new book Low Firing and Burnishing, Sumi Von Dassow explains the basics of burnishing pottery, from the tools to use, to a couple of basic techniques.

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Peas Please: A Potter Talks About the Inspiration and Process Behind her “Sweet Pea” Vessels

Posted On July 24, 2009 22 Comments

In today’s video, potter Kim Westad talks about the inspiration behind her work and takes us through the process of making one of her signature forms: the Sweet Pea.

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A Very, Very Fine Line: Drawing on Pottery with Inlaid Slip

Posted On July 13, 2009 6 Comments

Potter Lorna Meaden explains the technique she uses to achieve the super fine (in more ways than one) pin-striped decoration that graces a lot of her pots.

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Pottery Decorating Video: Making Beautiful Marks on Pottery with Fluting, Carving and Painting with Wax

Posted On June 26, 2009 17 Comments

In today’s video clip, which is excerpted from his DVD Making Marks (a video adaptation of his popular book), Robin Hopper demonstrates some great fluting, sgraffito and wax resist painting techniques.