This clip was excerpted from Sewing Clay: Slab Building and Slip-Transferred Patterns, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Shop! Image Transfer on Clay TechniqueWhen I first started learning about image transfer on clay a few years back, I knew I found something I could keep playing with for years and years. The great thing… 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.
Terra sigillata is an ultrarefined clay slip that can give a soft sheen when applied to bone-dry wares and, if polished or burnished while still damp, may give a high gloss. The ancient Greeks and Romans used this technique in lieu of glaze. I love the buttery surfaces that can be created with terra sig… Read More »
A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of watching Kristina Bogdanov demonstrate a really cool way to transfer photographic images onto clay surfaces. And, don’t worry! We captured the whole thing on video to share with you, my faithful readers!Though the name sounds a bit intimidating, photo lithography image transfer onto clay, is… Read More »
We’ve all used our trusty old friend wax resist to keep glaze from going where we don’t want it to go, and it works like a charm. But that is not the only use for wax resist. Pottery can also be decorated with wax resist and other types of resists like latex. And what about… Read More »
This clip was excerpted from The Graphic Pot: Handbuilding and Surface Decoration, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Shop! Screen Printing Ceramics Made Easyby Jason Bige Burnett Screen printing on ceramics is definitely a trend these days and one of the main trend setters in this area is Jason Bige Burnett. Jason draws on his background in… Read More »
The pottery of Lauren Karle is influenced by the beautiful garments of the indigenous cultures of Guatamala, where she lived for 2 1/2 years. The pots reference these garments both in the way they are constructed (cut, altered, darted, “stitched” together) and in their decoration. In today’s post, an excerpt from the October issue of Ceramics Monthly, Lauren demonstrates how she creates colorful patterns with a slip transfer technique.
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.
Ceramic stains and underglazes mixed with water painted on unfired white-glazed bisque is pretty similar to watercolor painting on paper. The main difference is that the glazed bisque surface absorbs the color and water mixture more quickly. But once you get used to that, you can create beautiful watercolor-like surfaces. In today’s post, an excerpt… Read More »
A water-abraded surface of calligraphic lines decorates the surface of Jim Gottuso’s clean-lined forms.Not long into his ceramics career, Jim Gottuso became enamored with the idea of using wax resist for surface decoration. The only problem was the wax resist didn’t do well with delicate decoration or thin brushwork. On both greenware and bisqueware, the… Read More »
Carolyn Genders sees her ceramic vessels as 3D canvasses and she covers them inside and out with abstract drawings of her natural surroundings. Using layered slip and sgraffito techniques, she creates ceramic surfaces that interact with her coil built forms.In today’s post, an excerpt from the May 2016 issue of Ceramics Monthly, Carolyn shares her… Read More »