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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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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.

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An Easy Way to Transfer Imagery to Pottery

Posted On April 1, 2013 18 Comments
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… Read More »
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How to Make Delicate Translucent Platters with Porcelain Slip and Terra Sigillata

Posted On March 27, 2013 5 Comments

Think thin porcelain. Now think even thinner porcelain and you have the plates of Christina Bryer. These translucent plates are a slip-casting marvel but not nearly as impossible to make as you would think. In today’s post, an excerpt from the April 2013 issue of Ceramics Monthly, Christina walks us through the process of making her delicate platters. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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How to Make a Stencil for Pottery Using Adhesive Stencil Film and a Screen

Posted On January 11, 2013 1 Comment

There are a number of ways to make stencils, with the easiest method being making stencils out of paper. But for more complex designs or designs with very fine components, adhesive stencil film and a screen are really handy. In todays video, an excerpt from Fundamentals of Screen Printing on Clay, Paul Wandless explains this process. Enjoy!

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Beautiful Ceramic Surfaces Inspired by Textile Patterns

Posted On December 3, 2012 1 Comment

With a seamstress mom and a quilting grandma, Colleen Riley was surrounded by textiles growing up so it makes a lot of sense that her clay surfaces resemble fabric designs. In today’s post, an excerpt from the January 2013 issue of Ceramics Monthly, Colleen explains the techniques she developed for creating surfaces that resemble batik fabric.

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Video of the Week : An Easy-to-Make Custom Stamp with Great Line Quality

Posted On November 9, 2012 3 Comments

Another cool way to make custom stamps is to attach coils to a lug of clay.   In today’s video, an excerpt from her DVD Creative Forming with Custom Texture (which is now available as a download), Amy Sanders demonstrates this technique. 

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How to Make Paper Stencils in Bulk

Posted On November 7, 2012 1 Comment

I love working with paper stencils and underglazes. There’s something so satisfying about removing the stencil to see your crisp design below. But I  haven’t found an easy way to make multiples of more complicated stencils – until now. In today’s post, an excerpt from the November 2012 issue of Ceramics Monthly, Zygote Blum shares how he makes stencils in bulk – 48 or so at a time using a jeweler’s saw and frame and some other basic supplies. 

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Decorating Techniques and Troubleshooting Tips for Majolica

Posted On November 5, 2012 1 Comment

After pursuing multiple careers that stifled her creative voice, Janice Strawder decided to go back to school for ceramics. While in school, she met Linda Arbuckle, who generously shared her vast majolica knowledge. From then on she was a convert. Enamored with the majolica technique for its simple lines and deliberate, repetitive brushstrokes, Janice has been honing the technique ever since. In today’s post, an excerpt from the November/December 2012 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, Janice shares her majolica knowledge, just as Linda did for her. 

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Etched in Clay: How to Make Beautiful Relief Surfaces with Shellac Resist

Posted On October 24, 2012 19 Comments

Today, potter Jim Gottuso (a.k.a. Sophia’s Dad) explains how he uses shellac resist and hydro-abrasion to create his intricately patterned surfaces.