I first saw Eric Stearns’ work on social media. He posted this crazy cool video of his piercing process and I was mesmerized! My interest in carving and piercing clay has never been high, but after watching Eric work, I knew I needed to try this. His piercing technique piqued my interest and inspired me to… 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.
To create surfaces that are really compelling, it often helps to start your decorating before the glazing stage and layer techniques. That, along with good composition, can make the difference between a “just okay” pot and a stellar pot. Today, I am sharing two excellent examples of layered surfaces with excellent composition, from two… Read More »
An interesting twist on image transfer on ceramic surfaces Image transfer is hot hot hot in ceramics these days and we have shared a bunch of different image transfer techniques here on CAD. Today’s post has another great way to transfer images to ceramic surfaces – and one I hadn’t really seen before. In… Read More »
A Great Way to Make Precise Lines with Ceramic Underglaze and Wax Resist Lately I have been doing a lot of ceramic underglaze inlay – sometimes called Mishima, or slip inlay – and I just love the results. One thing I don’t care for though is when parts of my lines chip off if the clay gets… Read More »
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… Read More »
Inspired by cast glassware and vintage textiles, Colleen McCall decorates her stoneware pots from top to bottom using layers of porcelain slip, underglaze colors, and white, breaking tin glaze. She makes her patterns by taking motifs from various sources and combining them into her own unique designs.In today’s post, an excerpt from the July/August 2015… Read More »
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.
There are myriad ways to get texture on clay – one of these being the handmade bisque stamp. But sometimes you just want more immediate gratification. That’s where carving block printing material comes in. In today’s post, Ann Ruel explains how to use these printing tools to easily create your own stamp designs (with no… Read More »
It is a very exciting time to be a ceramic artist. There is a wealth of information available to help you do virtually anything you can dream up with pots. This is especially true when it comes to image transfer. Over the years, artists have been experimenting and discovering new ways to get imagery onto… Read More »
The Soul Catchers, 11½ in. (29 cm) in length, carved vessel with hand-painted underglazes and clear glaze.I admit it. I completely lack the patience (and, since I am being honest here, I might as well just say it: skill!) to do detailed drawn decoration on my pots, so I am really awed when I see… Read More »