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Printing and Embossing Clay With Linocuts

Posted On October 1, 2012 3 Comments

If I wasn’t a potter, I would probably be a printmaker – not that you can’t be both, but these days I barely have time to be a potter. So for now, I just satisfy my love for printed things by printing on clay.

One printing technique that I have been meaning to try lately is printing with linocuts. I love the “wood-blocky” effect that these prints have. In today’s post, Paul Andrew Wandless demonstrates how linocuts can be made and used for printing onto clay and stamping into clay. Fun! 


Ceramics Decorating Video: Decorating Pottery with Colored Slips

Posted On July 13, 2012 20 Comments

Mitch Lyons returns today with an excerpt from his full-length DVD Handbuilding with Mitch Lyons. In it, he shares some great ideas for decorating pottery with colored slips.


Bonus Video! How to Decorate Pottery in the Pennsylvania Redware Style

Posted On June 13, 2012 11 Comments

 In today’s post, Denise Wilz demonstrates how she makes pottery in the Pennsylvania Redware style – one of the oldest pottery techniques in the United States and it combines sgraffito and slip decoration. Enjoy!


Pottery Video of the Week: How to Mix, Decant, and Troubleshoot Terra Sigillata

Posted On May 25, 2012 11 Comments

In today’s post, an excerpt from his DVD Slabs, Templates, Texture, and Terra Sigillata, Jeremy demonstrates the mixing and decanting process for terra sigillata and shares the terra sig recipe he uses. Plus, he demonstrates how to test sig for specific gravity to make sure you get it just right. 


Pottery Decorating Video: Using Fiber, Slip and Soft Clay to Make Beautiful Marks on Pottery and Ceramic Sculpture

Posted On April 27, 2012 16 Comments

In this clip, Robin goes over a couple of surface decoration techniques; one involving clay slip and fiber, and the other involving soft clay. As usual, Robin provides an excellent, clear explanation of these nifty little techniques and should inspire you to go directly to your studio at the first opportunity!


Bonus Monday Pottery Video: Screen Printing Colored Slips Onto Newsprint to Make Monoprints on Pottery, Part II

Posted On April 9, 2012 13 Comments

As I promised on Friday, we are showing part two of Jason Bige Burnett’s screen printing/monoprinting video today. Thanks to all of you for waiting patiently all weekend to see i! Happy Monday!


Pottery Video of the Week: Screen Printing Colored Slips Onto Newsprint to Make Monoprints on Pottery

Posted On April 6, 2012 10 Comments

Today’s video is the first installment of a two-part video. In this one, Jason shows us how he screen prints imagery onto newsprint. On Monday, we’ll show the other half in which Jason shows us how he then gets that imagery off of the newsprint and onto the clay.


2-D to 3-D: Using Image Transfer and Mishima Techniques to Make Drawings on Pottery

Posted On March 26, 2012 24 Comments

In today’s post, an excerpt from the November/December 2009 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, Molly Hatch explains how she uses image transfer and Mishima techniques to create her drawings in clay. Plus she shares her slip and engobe recipes.


The Perfect Cure for Cabin Fever: A Potter Shares a Cool Technique for Making Texture Stamps with Natural Objects

Posted On February 29, 2012 26 Comments

Woodstock, New York, ceramic artist Meg Oliver make simple plaster texture stamps out of found objects. To make the stamps she uses to create texture on her pottery, Meg usually takes a nice walk in the woods and picks up objects that will make interesting marks in clay . Then, she uses pinch pots and plaster to transform them into fun, free-form stamps. I thought this would be a great project for spring!

After a piece has been carved and bisque fired, inlay slip is applied and allowed to dry before it is removed with a metal rib. This allows Lee to preserve the precision of the carving.

Laying it on Thick: Decorating with Slip Inlay on Bisqueware

Posted On January 18, 2012 0 Comments

I have found another variation on Mishima that I just had to share today. In this post, ceramic artist Steven Young Lee explains the Mishima variation that works best for his work. Instead of working with leather hard clay, Lee lays a thick coating of slip onto bisqueware and then scrapes it off with a metal rib.