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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.


How to Combine Patterns for Beautiful All-Over Decoration

Posted On June 24, 2015 0 Comments
Inspired by cast glassware and vintage textiles, Colleen McCall decorates her stoneware pots from top to bottom using layers of porcelain slip, underglaze colors, and white, breaking tin glaze. She makes her patterns by taking motifs from various sources and combining them into her own unique designs.   In today’s post, an excerpt from the… Read More »

Screen Printing and Mono Printing Techniques on a Simple Handbuilt Plate

Posted On June 5, 2015 10 Comments

Screen printing on pots 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 screen printing and graphic design to create his super fun work.


In today’s post, Jason shows how to transfer a screen printed image to a slab and then turn that slab into a simple plate. An extra cool thing about this clip is that Jason shows how you can hand color various parts of your print in a technique comparable to monoprinting. Have a look! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


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

Posted On June 3, 2015 3 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.


Working with Homemade Tools and Bisque Molds to Create Texture on the Inside of a Bowl

Posted On May 21, 2015 2 Comments

What’s not to love about texture and clay? After all, it’s clay’s wonderful malleability that got us all hooked in the first place. And textured clay can work so well with glaze. In today’s post, an excerpt from her new video Low Tech Clay: High End Results, Kari Radasch shares a simple technique for creating texture on the inside of a bowl by using an easy-to-make tool and a bisque hump mold. An added bonus of this technique is that, because your mold is a hump mold, you can attach the foot right away so everything can dry at the same time, thus avoiding cracks! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Block Printing Stamps: A No-Fire Way to Make a Great Impression

Posted On May 18, 2015 4 Comments

There are myriad ways to get texture on clay – one of these being the handmade bisque stamp. But sometimes you just want more immediate gratification. That’s where carving block printing material comes in. In today’s post, Ann Ruel explains how to use these printing tools to easily create your own stamp designs (with no need to own a kiln). These could come in handy for someone who works at a community art center and doesn’t want to wait for a bisque stamp to be fired. 



How to Add Imagery to Your Pottery with Laser Toner Transfers

Posted On April 8, 2015 2 Comments

It is a very exciting time to be a ceramic artist. There is a wealth of information available to help you do virtually anything you can dream up with pots. This is especially true when it comes to image transfer. Over the years, artists have been experimenting and discovering new ways to get imagery onto pots using high-tech and low-tech methods. In today’s post, an excerpt from our new book release Image & Design Transfer Techniques, Martina Lantin explains a fairly low-tech way to use a photocopy or laser print out to transfer a pattern onto a pot.


How to Create Vibrant Surfaces with Layered Slips and Sgraffito

Posted On April 3, 2015 6 Comments

When you look at Lana Wilson’s layered slip and sgraffito surfaces for the first time, you probably find yourself wondering, “wow, how did she do that?” It isn’t immediately obvious how she creates the intense colors and intricate patterns.


Well, wonder no more! In today’s video, an excerpt from her much-anticipated new video Handbuilding with Color and Texture, Lana walks us through her process. Enjoy! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


Depth by 1000 Strokes: Terri Kern’s Meticulous Underglaze Decoration

Posted On April 1, 2015 33 Comments

I admit it. I completely lack the patience (and, since I am being honest here, I might as well just say it: skill!) to do detailed drawn decoration on my pots, so I am really awed when I see other potters pulling off intricate imagery. Such was the case when I saw Terri Kern’s work in the November 2010 issue of Ceramics Monthly. Today, I am sharing that recent Ceramics Monthly article so that you can all share my awe.


Creating Interesting Patterns with Underglazes, Sgraffito Techniques, and a Rolling Pin

Posted On February 16, 2015 3 Comments

Workshops and conferences are such fantastic ways to enrich your art making. You leave brimming with new ideas to try, and these ideas can then morph with your own way of working and take you in a whole new direction.

In today’s post, Tracy Gamble explains how after a week-long surface symposium, she blended two artists’ techniques to take her own work in a new direction.

For a printer-friendly version of this article, be sure to download your free copy of Five Great Pottery Decorating Techniques: A How-to Guide for Decorating Ceramic Surfaces!- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


Three Beautiful Surface Decorations That Look Even Better Layered

Posted On January 16, 2015 2 Comments

I am in love with the surfaces Jen Allen’s pots (not to mention the forms!). While each of the techniques in today’s clip stands on its own beautifully, they are magnificent when combined.

In this clip, an excerpt from her new video Darted and Decorated, Jen shows how she creates a subtle brushstroke texture with an engobe, and then layers glaze-trailed patterns on top. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.