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.
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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 »
As Dana Bilello-Barrow was developing her voice and her skills with clay, she realized that she would often be disappointed by her post after glazing. What resonated with was the tactile connection she had with the raw clay so she decided to try to find ways to maintain that through the firing. Her solution was… Read More »
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… Read More »
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… Read More »
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… Read More »
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, an excerpt from the May/June 2014 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, Ben explains how he uses… Read More »
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, an excerpt from the March 2014 issue of Ceramics Monthly, she shares her slip dotting and… Read More »
Karen Swyler does not rely on flashy glaze surfaces or intricate decoration to create an impact with her work. Instead she takes a much more subtle approach, juxtaposing raw white porcelain surfaces with ribbons of shiny clear-glazed lines or small accents of color. Her vessels are typically presented as groupings, relating to one another in… Read More »
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… Read More »