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.
A couple NCECAs ago I bought some rice paper transfers from a supplier at the conference. They are super fun to play around with and very easy to use, but as with anything commercially made, they are not unique to me.
So I loved this article from the Pottery Making Illustrated archive vault (buy the pdf of the issue in which it appeared here!) about making custom rice paper transfers. Read on to get the scoop! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Pottery Video of the Week: Applying Ceramic Decals to Leatherhard Pottery to Combine Atmospheric Effects with Decal Imagery
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.