Carving into a form is a great way to add imagery and texture to pottery. But Michelle Swafford came up with a different twist on carved texture. She carves a design into a leather hard slab, then makes very thin sprigs from that carving, which she then adheres to the surface of her pots. She… 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 pottery has been around since the ancient Greeks created their famous black and red pots, but it is certainly not “getting old.” Contemporary potters, such as Sharon Alpren, are making exciting and beautiful terra sigillata ceramics to this day.In today’s post, an excerpt from the November 2016 issue of Ceramics Monthly, Alpren shares… Read More »
This clip was excerpted from Creative Forming with Custom Texture, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Shop! How to Make Custom Rolling StampsAmy Sanders is a fan of texture on pots and has a bunch of great ideas for handmade texture tools. I still haven’t had the opportunity to try them all out, but definitely… Read More »
This clip was excerpted from Gestural Imagery and Form with Mel Griffin, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Shop! Ceramic Decoration That Doesn’t Just Sit on Top of PotteryI am always amazed that no matter how long I have been making ceramic videos for Ceramic Arts Daily, each and every one has something new… Read More »
Slip, glorious slip. This versatile liquid form of clay can be used in a multitude of different ways to create and embellish ceramic art.One such method involves using colored slips to create a marbleized look on pottery, which is reminiscent of Staffordshire-style English marbled slipware. In today’s post, Michelle Erickson and Robert Hunter demonstrate this… Read More »
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.