For a young potter in a region of Japan where Mingei is king, coming up with a unique style can be challenging. But Fumiya Mukoyama did just that with his “Zogan Yusai” technique. Translated, “zogan” means inlaid and “yusai” means coloring with glazes. And as the name implies, Fumiya’s technique consists of slip inlay and colored glazed designs. Today, Fumiya shares this technique step by step.
On Wednesday, we announced that Kansas City potter Meredith Host was the winner of the Peoples Choice Emerging Artist contest. Lucky Meredith gets a $500 gift certificate from the generous folks at Bailey Ceramic Supplies, who sponsored the contest! And lucky for all you faithful readers out there, we filmed Meredith demonstrating at the Potters Council Workshop Surface + Form a couple of months back. Today, we are sharing that video with you.
A while back, we posted an excerpt from Ceramics Monthly, in which Canadian potter Robin Hopper provided an explanation of the technique and a slip recipe that works well with it. Since then, Robin has recorded a new DVD. Today I am sharing an excerpt from that video, in which he demonstrates mocha diffusion and his slip dotting technique. I have also reposted the original article with the slip recipe
Burnishing is the technique of polishing clay to a beautiful sheen without the use of glaze. Ancient potters used these techniques to produce their wares before glazes and kilns were developed. Today, modern potters use burnishing to create works of great beauty. Sumi von Dassow is one of those potters. She has been using low-tech pottery making techniques for more than thirty years. Though the burnishing technique is low tech, there are some secrets to really getting it right. In today’s post, Sumi shares her step-by-step method for burnishing pots.
In today’s pottery video, an excerpt from the forthcoming DVD New Directions in China Painting, Paul Lewing demonstrates a technique for creating a bamboo painting with a sumi brush.
Today I’m sharing a clip from Robin Hopper’s new DVD Inspiration and Interpretation, in which he demonstrates a couple of painting techniques on this porcelain substrates (an industry cast off). Enjoy and have a nice weekend! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
Pottery Video of the Week: A Potter Uses Texture and Flowing Glazes to Make Teapots with Splendid Surfaces
A few months back, I attended the Potters Council Splendid Surfaces
Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, and got some fabulous footage of
some great artists demonstrating their techniques. Today I am
going to share one with you, faithful readers. It features potter Fong
Choo sharing some of his texture and glazing techniques for his tiny
teapots. Enjoy and Happy Friday!
In today’s post, Robin Hopper presents a possible solution for those who want to paint, but would like to incorporate marks that can only be made by the magic of the kiln. Robin has been experimenting with painting on substrates, high-tech, porcelain-like, super-thin, pre-fired sheets of mostly alumina that were developed for use in the automotive, electronic, avionics, medical, and military fields. Working with cast-offs from industry, Robin has found that the material is affordable and has been giving him terrific results. Plus, he is making something beautiful from would-be landfill fodder.
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.
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.