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Festive Flower Bricks: Coil-Built Forms Fit For a Party

Posted On December 30, 2013 20 Comments

Today, in an excerpt from the November/December 2010 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, Arthur Halversen takes us through the coil building process he uses to construct his flower brick forms. He also shares his recipe for the frosting-like glaze he uses – the icing on the cake, as they say. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Pottery Video of the Week: How to Make an Inverse Laser Decal

Posted On December 20, 2013 7 Comments

 In this excerpt from his new DVD Ceramic Decals: New Ideas and Techniques, Justin Rothshank takes us step by step through the process of creating and applying an inverse laser decal, including the photoshop portion.

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Defining Space with Slip Trailing, Sgraffito, and Underglaze

Posted On November 15, 2013 2 Comments

Ben Carter thinks about design at every stage of the game when making pots. When he is throwing and altering, he is specifically considering the decoration that he will apply later.

 

In today’s video, an excerpt from his brand spanking new DVD Design for the Soft Surface: Throwing, Handbuilding, and Slip Decorating, Ben shows how he uses slip trailing, sgraffito, and underglaze painting in his work, and explains the thought process in deciding where the marks go. Though Ben works with earthenware at the low end of the firing range, but the colored underglaze technique can be used at any temperature range with a suitable transparent overglaze.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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How to Make a Gestural Wheel-Thrown Mug

Posted On November 13, 2013 3 Comments
I really liked the following quote from Sean O’Connell’s recent article in Ceramics Monthly: “Technical ability grows naturally with experience, but conceptual rigor needs constant attention and exploration.” I think it is all too easy to let the conceptual rigor slide, yet paying attention to your influences and working hard to successfully mesh them with… Read More »
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How to Make Magic Rice Paper Transfers for Pottery

Posted On October 23, 2013 4 Comments

A couple NCECAs ago I bought some rice paper transfers from a supplier at the conference. They are super fun to play around with and very easy to use, but as with anything commercially made, they are not unique to me.

So I loved this article from the Pottery Making Illustrated archive vault (buy the pdf of the issue in which it appeared here!) about making custom rice paper transfers. Read on to get the scoop! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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

Posted On October 2, 2013 1 Comment

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.

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Screen Printing and Stenciling Underglaze Designs on Curvy Pots

Posted On September 27, 2013 9 Comments

Today’s video clip didn’t quite fit onto the new Meredith Host DVD because we ran out of space. But I just couldn’t bear having it languish on the cutting room floor, so I decided to share it with you all today. As we all know, transferring two-dimensional designs onto a three-dimensional surface can be challenging – especially if that surface is curvy. In this clip, Meredith shows how she approaches screen printed and stenciled decoration on one of her curvy mugs. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Pottery Video of the Week: Inlaying Colored Clay Decoration into Handbuilt Vessels

Posted On September 20, 2013 6 Comments

Wheel throwing isn’t the only way to make seemless cylindrical forms on the wheel. Mitch Lyons uses a technique he calls the broomstick method. What’s great about this method is that you can roll your cylinders over pieces of colored clay to inlay various designs. In today’s video clip, Lyons demonstrates how he inlays figurative colored clay motifs into his broomstick vases. I have also included a step-by-step recap of the technique below.

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The Carved and Slipped Surfaces of Matt Repsher

Posted On September 11, 2013 8 Comments

An interest in architecture and geometric design combine in the forms and surfaces of Matt Repsher’s vessels, jars, mugs, bowls, and sculptures. From the choice of clay — a red bricklike body — to the carved ornamentation, Repsher gives a nod to these influences. In today’s post, an excerpt from the October 2013 issue of Ceramics Monthly, Matt explains his process for carving and decorating his surfaces with slip.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Drawing Inspiration with Slips, Stencils, and Sgraffito

Posted On September 6, 2013 1 Comment

Bakersville, North Carolina, is a pretty idyllic place, especially if you are a potter. Not only is there a big clay community, but there is breathtaking beauty all around from which to draw inspiration, and most of the potters I’ve met there work in studios that take advantage of those views. Suze Lindsay is one of those potters. Her studio backs up to a beautiful forest, and the critters in that forest have no doubt made their way into her pottery. In today’s post, an excerpt from her DVD Pouring Vessels: Making and Decorating Expressive Functional Pottery, Suze shows us how she decorates one of her animated bird-inspired pitchers. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.