If there’s one thing I have learned in my time here as editor of Ceramic Arts Daily, it’s that our readers never seem to tire of learning about decorative techniques for the clay surface. And neither do I. That’s why we decided to make a free download available about some of the most popular ceramic… Read More »
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.
I’ve mentioned time and time again on this blog how much I love drawn, brushed, scratched, painted, etc. imagery on ceramic surfaces, but how I am still trying to master these various skills in my own work. I admire those artists who do it so well that it looks like a piece of cake. Cathi… Read More »
Today we are presenting a video filmed at the recent Potters Council Workshop Porcelain in San Diego, California. In it, 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… Read More »
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… Read More »
Having trouble watching the video?Please see our Video FAQ to troubleshoot.To learn more about Sumi von Dassow, please visit: http://www.herwheel.com/This clip was excerpted from Pit Firing and Burnishing with Sumi von Dassow, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Bookstore.
Stenciling is a great decorative technique for pottery. A traditional method for applying stencils is to cut or tear paper shapes, adhere them to leather-hard clay and then apply slip over the entire clay surface. Once the slip dries, the paper is peeled away to reveal the design. While this technique can yield some… Read More »
Historically, burnishing was a method used by early potters to make their pottery more watertight and sanitary. Nowadays, most potters turn to glaze for that purpose. But many choose to finish their work by burnishing because of the subtle, earthy beauty a burnished pottery surface possesses. A burnished pot also has a soft, tactile quality… Read More »
Ceramic artist Kim Westad started out her career as a graphic designer, but soon realized that she didn’t want to sit at a computer all day. Following the suggestion of a friend she decided to take a pottery class. And, as she puts it, “it didn’t take long for me to realize that working with… Read More »
Mishima, mishima, mishima – try saying that five times fast. Better yet, try actually executing this slip-inlay technique on a bunch of pots! You’ll end up with a tied tongue or cramped fingers, but with the latter you’ll also get fantastic intricate surface decoration on your pottery.I have coveted Lorna’ Meaden’s yummy surfaces ever since… Read More »
Decorating the surface of pottery is arguably just as enjoyable as creating the form and there are endless variations on how to approach ceramic surface decoration. That is one of the most exciting things about this art form. Today, Robin Hopper, draws from his many years of experience to present a handful of pottery decorating… Read More »