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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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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.

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Resistance is Not Futile: Great Decoration with Resists

Posted On September 4, 2013 7 Comments

The options are many when it comes to creating decoration on your pottery with resists. In the latest issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, Deanna Ranlett put several of them to the test.

In today’s post, we’re sharing Deanna’s assessment of wax resist and latex resist. For more, check out the September/October 2013 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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How to Use Subtractive Layering to Make Surfaces with Great Depth

Posted On August 7, 2013 4 Comments

Angelique Tassistro’s intense layered surfaces came about through what we in the ceramics world call a happy accident. After spending hours creating a checkered pattern on a large platter, she dripped an unwanted blob of glaze smack dab in the middle. Halfway through cleaning off the platter, she saw a lovely line that was softer and less rigid, and she realized she was onto something. In today’s post, an excerpt from the September/October 2013 Pottery Making Illustrated, Angelique explains how she creates her signature surfaces.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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How to Create Cool Surfaces with Wet Slip Inlay

Posted On July 22, 2013 7 Comments

Wet slip inlay is a great technique for getting fantastic organic patterning on pots. Basically it consists of layering contrasting colors of slip on a slab and jiggling the slab to distort the slip layers into interesting marbled designs. In today’s post, a sneak peek from the upcoming September 2013 issue of Ceramics Monthly, Robert Strasser shares his techniques and tips for working with wet slip inlay. For the rest of the article, keep your eye out for the September 2013 issue of CM!

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How to Make Tessellations with Simple Bisque Stamps

Posted On June 12, 2013 2 Comments

Amy Meya was fascinated by tessellation — the repeated use of a single shape without gaps or overlapping — and wanted to figure out a way to incorporate tessellating patterns into her work. At first she tried to make a mosaic with tessellated tiles, but wasn’t happy with the results. So she came up with another method in which she created bisque stamps that would create tessellations. In today’s post, an excerpt from the May/June 2013 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, she explains how to use them to on slabs to make beautiful wall tiles. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Pottery Video of the Week: Applying Ceramic Decals to Leatherhard Pottery to Combine Atmospheric Effects with Decal Imagery

Posted On May 31, 2013 14 Comments

Decals have been used on ceramic work for many years by independent potters and industry. But perhaps nobody has pushed the limits with them as much as Justin Rothshank. Justin has tried everything under the sun when it comes to using decals creatively on pottery. In today’s post, an excerpt from his new DVD Ceramic Decals: New Ideas and Techniques, Justin explains how he applies decals to leather-hard work so that he can combine atmospheric effects with decal imagery.

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Decorating Low Fire Pottery with Slips, Underglazes, and Lusters

Posted On May 22, 2013 8 Comments

Although bright colors have become just as easy to achieve at cone six as they are at cone 06, Gail Kendall still prefers the low fire approach, inspired by the casual decretive style of peasantware from Europe and Great Britain. In today’s post, Gail explains her techniques for creating simple and beautiful slip-decorated surfaces. She also shares her slip and glaze recipe. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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How to Prepare Colored Slips for Slip Trailing, Plus Lots of Slip Trailing Tips!

Posted On April 5, 2013 0 Comments

Slip trailing is a lovely way to add dimensionality to your work. And it is super simple to prepare your slip from your own clay body. In today’s clip, an excerpt from her DVD Layered Surfaces, Erin Furimsky explains how to prepare slip for slip trailing, plus gives a bunch of tips on how to get the most out of your slip trailer.