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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.


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Piece of Cake: How to Decorate Your Pots Like a Pastry Chef

Posted On May 26, 2014 5 Comments

Slip trailing is a great way to add decoration to pots. Most ceramic artists use a fairly liquid slip when slip trailing. But after watching a baking competition on television Sharon Romm started experimenting with using thicker slip to decorate pots like a pastry chef would decorate a cake. She shares her results in today’s post.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Two Simple Techniques for Adding Relief Texture and Imagery to Your Pottery

Posted On May 19, 2014 0 Comments
I have seen many potters use tar paper as a pattern making tool, and have seen stencils used to create colorful designs with underglazes or glazes. But in today’s post, they are used slightly differently. Ben Carter explains how tar paper can be cut into a shape or pattern and then pressed into soft clay creating low relief. He also shows how to use stencils to make low-relief with thick slip.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
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How to Use Slips of Varying Thickness to Create Texture

Posted On May 9, 2014 3 Comments

There are lots of ways to create texture on pottery, the most obvious being stamping the malleable surface. But Lisa Naples creates beautiful random texture on her work with slips of varying consistencies. In today’s post, an excerpt from her our compilation DVD Handbuilding: Texture and Surface, she demonstrates how her thin, thick, and thicker slips can build up different textures creating lovely surfaces.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Using Slips, Sgraffito, and Inlay Techniques to Create a New Twist on Oribe

Posted On April 30, 2014 4 Comments

Oribe ware is a type of ceramics that originated in the 16th century and is known for its copper green glaze and bold patterns. Ben Krupka is a fan of the experimental and playful feel of Oribe. In today’s post, Ben explains how he uses slips, wax resist, sgraffito and inlay techniques to create his own interpretation of this historical style.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Connecting the Dots: Slip Dotting and Feathering

Posted On February 24, 2014 3 Comments

While in graduate school, Elizabeth Sparks became interested in traditional slipware pottery. So she tore through books and magazines to learn about the technique. She combined that research with an interest in using local raw materials. In today’s post, she shares her slip dotting and feathering techniques.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Less is More: A Minimalist Approach to Glazing Ceramics

Posted On February 17, 2014 26 Comments

Karen Swyler takes a subtle approach to her glazing, juxtaposing raw white porcelain
surfaces with ribbons of shiny clear-glazed lines or small accents of
color. Today, in an excerpt from an upcoming Ceramics Monthly profile, she explains her less-is-more glazing technique.

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An Easy Way to Add Screen Printing to Your Decorating Repertoire

Posted On January 9, 2014 6 Comments

I love the look of screen printed images but I avoided trying screen printing on my clay work until I discovered a super easy way to make the screens using the sun as an “exposure unit.” Now I have been having lots of fun experimenting with the technique. In today’s post, an excerpt from her DVD Form, Pattern, and Underglaze, Meredith Host demonstrates how easy it is to make these screens and get started with screen printing on clay.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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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.