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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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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. 


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.


Pottery Video of the Week: Steven Hill’s Surface Decoration with Thick, Oozy Slip

Posted On October 5, 2012 24 Comments

Using thick slip as a decorative device is an exciting way to retain the appearance of malleability in a finished fired work. In today’s video, Steven Hill demonstrates his slip decoration process, and explains how it informs his glazing process.

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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!