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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.
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 »
In today’s video, Sheila Clennell demonstrates this simple decorative “top knot” handle, a nice embellishment for a lidded form.Adding binding cane and reed handles to pottery is a great way to spice things up if you’re getting bored with your usual pulled or handbuilt clay handles. In today’s pottery video, Sheila Clennell gives us a… Read More »
Today’s pottery video features San Jose de Gracia, Mexico, potter Pedro Hernandez Carlos and his extended family demonstrating the methods of creating the beautiful and unique “pineapple” pots, for which they have become known. Excerpted from “Pottery of Mexico: The Pineapples of San Jose de Gracia and Patamban,” a new documentary produced by Texas potter… Read More »
Following Friday’s video on the collaboration between potters Tom Coleman and Frank Boyden, I would be remiss without mentioning another important collaboration of Tom Coleman’s: that is the partnership between him and his wife Elaine. Tom and Elaine are not only partners in life, but also in art, with Tom throwing pots and Elaine incising… Read More »
If you ever use slip trailing to decorate your ceramic art, chances are, you have had the frustrating experience of slip spitting out from your slip trailer and ruining a perfectly trailed design due to trapped air. In today’s video, ceramic artist Charan Sachar shows us how to make a foolproof and ergonomic slip trailer… Read More »