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.
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.
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 »
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 video Low Tech Clay: High End Results, Kari Radasch shares a simple technique for creating texture on… Read More »
There are so many ways to decorate pots that it is nearly impossible to get bored in the studio. And if you ever do find yourself bored, just browse through the Ceramic Decorating Techniques section of this here website!Ceramic water etching is a pretty darn fun technique, but up until reading the latest issue of Pottery… Read More »
A few years back, Doug Gray was interested in incorporating his digital photography into his clay work. He tried decals, but it wasn’t the look he was after – he wanted the photos to help him create the images, but he didn’t want the images to look exactly like photographs.One day he had a happy… Read More »
This clip was excerpted from Screen Printing on Clay with Paul Andrew Wandless which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Shop! An Easy Way to Make Custom Screens in your Home Studio Making custom screens for printing on clay can be a little daunting if you are new to the world… Read More »
The clip below is excerpted from Handbuilding with Color and Texture, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Bookstore! 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… Read More »