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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.


4. Carefully sponge off excess grout after it has set up.

Between the Lines: Grouting Tiles, Mosaics, and Tile Installations for a Visually Pleasing Effect

Posted On December 22, 2010 12 Comments

Grout does not just have to be a practical element in tile work. With a wide range of premixed grout colors available, it can also be used to aesthetically enhance a single tile or an entire tile mural. By strengthening the weight of a line or adding a weathered patina, grout can really become an integral part of the decorative process. Today, Laura Reutter demonstrates how grout can be used in this way. She also gives some great advice for press molding and drying tiles without warping.

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Rene Murray’s Slab Inlay Technique: A Fun and Spontaneous Ceramic Decorating Technique

Posted On December 17, 2010 48 Comments

In today’s video, Rene Murray, a presenter at the upcoming Potters Council Conference Surface + Form, demonstrates her twist on inlaying contrasting clay bodies into one another for graphical surface decoration. One of the things I really liked in Rene’s video was the idea of laying down an picture plain of color before laying down imagery. I just really loved the irregular edges of the plain of color and how it set off the picture. I also loved her spontaneity – something I struggle with in the studio. Hope you like it too! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

Andrew Gilliatt’s work combines colored porcelain slip, brightly colored glazes, resist patterns, and simple decals to create pots that convey the fun he has working in the studio.

Layers of Color: Using Different Colors of Casting Slip, Resist Patterns and Decals to Create Graphical Pottery Surfaces

Posted On December 8, 2010 15 Comments

Today, Andrew Gilliatt explains how he arrives at his super fun surfaces by adding color in stages with colored casting slip, glaze, and decals. Plus, he shares his casting slip and a couple of glaze recipes!

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Surface Decoration Video: Exploring Options for Layering Screen Printed Images on Clay

Posted On December 3, 2010 22 Comments

This past summer, I had the pleasure of spending a couple of days with Paul Andrew Wandless to film an instructional DVD on screenprinting on clay. In any video production, there are inevitably parts that get left on the cutting room floor. But lucky for us, they don’t have to be lost forever because we can share them on Ceramic Arts Daily – which is what I will do today. In this clip, Paul demonstrates how screens and stencils can be layered to add more impact to an image.

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Microwave Kilns: Great Tools for Testing Low-Fire Lusters, Enamels, and China Paints

Posted On November 22, 2010 19 Comments

Many people know that a microwave oven can be used to dry clay quickly when you’re in a pinch. Dielectric heating (the type used in a microwave oven) is also used in industry to fire ceramics for high-tech applications. This option is also available on a small scale to the studio potter, at least for firing tests and small objects using a microwave kiln. In today’s post, an excerpt from our latest free download the 2011 Buyers Guide to Ceramic Arts Supplies: A Studio Reference for Purchasing and Using Ceramic Supplies and Pottery Tools, Jessica Knapp tells you all about this alternate use for old microwaves!

The Spark, 5 in. (13 cm) in diameter, thrown earthenware with hand-painted underglazes and clear glaze. See details of the process on the next page.

Depth by 1000 Strokes: Terri Kern’s Meticulous Underglaze Decoration

Posted On November 15, 2010 33 Comments

I admit it. I completely lack the patience (and, since I am being honest here, I might as well just say it: skill!) to do detailed drawn decoration on my pots, so I am really awed when I see other potters pulling off intricate imagery. Such was the case when I saw Terri Kern’s work in the November 2010 issue of Ceramics Monthly. Today, I am sharing that recent Ceramics Monthly article so that you can all share my awe.

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A Good Scratch: Kathy King Gives Helpful Tips For Using Sgraffito in Your Work

Posted On November 5, 2010 19 Comments

After participating in a workshop of hers many moons ago, I was excited to reunite with Kathy King at the Potters Council Splendid Surfaces Conference and shoot some video of her presenting some tips and techniques for successful sgraffito. Today, lucky readers, I am presenting that video. So have a look, get out some sharp tools, and start scratching! 

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How to Make Your Own Hand-Drawn Screens for Screen Printing on Clay

Posted On October 29, 2010 18 Comments

I can hardly contain my excitement because today, we are announcing our new DVD series! We started this video series with the goal of helping you gain more access to instruction on a wide variety of techniques from top-notch artists. Our first title, Screen Printing on Clay with Paul Andrew Wandless, is now heading off to the replication company! And today, I am happy to present an excerpt from it in which Paul demonstrates how to use screen block and screen filler to make hand-drawn silk screens for printing on clay. Watch the video!

More than meets the eye—the lines on Jeff Campana’s pots go beyond just scratching the surface.

Decorating Through Disassembly: Jeff Campana’s Sliced and Spliced Porcelain Pottery

Posted On September 20, 2010 21 Comments

There are many, many ways to put lines onto posts – carving, fluting, painting, drawing – but, I have to say, I had never seen anyone doing it quite like Jeff Campana. Jeff takes his well-thrown porcelain pots, chops them up into pieces, and then reassembles them. Then to top it all off, he uses glazes that pool in the seams. Today, Jeff shares his technique and how he arrived at such a labor intensive process in the first place.

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Pottery Decorating Video: Five Fun Ways to Decorate Pottery with Slip

Posted On August 20, 2010 19 Comments

In today’s video, Tom Shafer demonstrates five different decorating techniques with colored clay slip. If you’ve grown tired of working only with glazes, these tips are a surefire way to wake up your surfaces.