I loooooove polka dots! They are such a simple decoration, but they have such wide appeal. Gail Kendall is also into dots, so she spends a good amount of time dotting her surfaces – she says it’s almost meditative to her. In today’s post, Gail demonstrates how she combines slip dots and glazes to enhance her beautiful sgraffito leaf motifs and achieve her signature look.
I first saw these pieces in person a while back at David Gamble’s home and studio in Plainfield, Indiana. I thought his idea of making clay portraits from his old kindergarten class photos was fantastic (not to mention very well carried out!). This project also got me thinking about different ways to stretch the potential of commercial glazes. Maybe it will spark a new direction in your work!
I just added latex resist to my ever expanding studio supplies shopping list. And when you watch today’s video, you’ll see why. In the video, an excerpt from her new DVD Integrating Surface and Form with Porcelain (which ships Monday!), Lorna Meaden takes us through the process of glazing one of her jester tumblers. To enhance the slip inlay jester pattern, Lorna uses latex resist to alternate flashing slip and celadon glaze. Super cool.
Calibrating glazes each time you glaze is a step that is probably skipped by a great many of us when we glaze, but it is a step that can help make glazing results more reliable. In today’s post, an excerpt from her new DVD Glazing and Decorating Pottery, which ships next week, Nan Rothwell explains her process for keeping her glazes consistent from one glazing session to the next.
In this clip, from her new DVD Glazing and Decorating Pottery, Nan Rothwell demonstrates some different ways to make patterns on pottery using various objects, including a simple homemade stamp made out of the standard pottery throwing sponge.
A while back, we had a contest to find clever D.I.Y. pottery tools. There was only one winner, but there were lots of great ideas that we’d still like to share with you. So, in this bonus Monday video, Lowell Baker shares a simple but brilliant tool for dry footing your pottery. Enjoy, and get ready to say, “now why didn’t I think of that?”
The Irresistible Surface: Layering Glazes and Trapping Carbon to Create Loosely Geometric Repeating Patterns
Peter Karner developed his surface decoration through years of trial and error and he continues to try new things so that his surfaces continue to evolve. In today’s post, Peter explains how intuition combined with experimentation helped him perfect his beautiful glaze surfaces. Plus he details how he uses wax resist and layers of five different glazes to develop his gorgeous glaze patterning.
In today’s video, Cathi Jefferson demonstrates the decorative brushwork techniques she uses on her salt glazed work, showing both the decorative process and the finished results after the firing. Even though Cathi fires in a salt kiln – something I (and probably most of you readers) don’t have access to – I was completely inspired to try some of these techniques with the glazes I use at cone 6 electric. You should too! (And send me photos of the results! I might just post some on the daily blog!)
As Clay Cunningham explains in today’s post about Posey Bacopoulos, majolica is the perfect technique for potters with small studios because it requires only one glaze, a few overglazes, and an electric kiln. I am sure many of you can relate to the small studio factor, so I thought this would be a good technique to excerpt from our latest free download: Three Great Ceramic Glazing Techniques: How to Formulate Successful Crystalline Glazes, add Depth Through Carving and Layering, and Glaze in the Majolica (Maiolica) Style.
Preferring the look of poured or dipped ceramic glazes to brushed or sprayed, potter Daniel Johnston had to come up with a system of pouring his glazes that minimized waste and gave him the look he wanted. So he came up with the perfect tool – a glazing wheel. Today, Daniel shares how he made his glazing wheel and discusses his glazing technique. Plus, he tells us a little about the large-jar construction techniques he learned in Thailand.