Lately, potter Tracy Gamble has been working on a series of ceramic Nichos (traditional Latin American folk art objects) and discovered that commercial sprig molds are perfect for embellishing them. In today’s post, Bill Jones explains Tracy’s process. I particularly thought of all the teachers out there when I saw this project not only because it is accessible and fun, but because of how nicely it could combine with a social studies or history lesson.
This pottery video features Jeremy Randall, who makes beautiful slab built vessels inspired by architecture. In this demonstration, Jeremy takes us through his process. He discusses using tarpaper molds as template material, playing with contrasting textures and embellishing with with carpenter tacks which mimic nails you might see in architecture. So sit back and enjoy!
Pottery Video of the Week: Basic Doesn’t Have to Mean Boring – Pretty Organic Forms from Simple and Complex Pinch Pots
In today’s video, an excerpt from the DVD A Potters Progress, Dennise Buckley shares some pointers on making strong pinch pots. She not only gives an overview of the very basic technique, but demonstrates how it can be taken farther to make more complex forms. In her example, she makes a sculptural form influenced by the seed capsule of a poppy.
Pottery Video of the Week: Working With Slabs – A Ceramic Arts Daily Reader Shares Tips and Techniques for Slab Built Pottery
After working primarily on the wheel for years, I have been super excited about slab building lately. So I thought I would share a slab building video submitted by a Ceramic Arts Daily reader. In the video, Patricia Bridges of Bridges Pottery in Port Washington, New York, takes us through a couple of slab projects using textured and stenciled slabs. Not only are the projects simple and fun, but Patricia shares a couple of great tool ideas.
Kristin Doner produces pinch pots on a larger-than-usual scale. She used to begin her pinch pots with 2-3 pound balls of clay, but she wanted larger forms. So she increased the amount of clay and developed new forming strategies. After opening with a usual pinching method, she expands the pot by rhythmically paddling the outside. Today, in an excerpt from our newly expanded Five Great Handbuilding Techniques: Variations on Classic Techniques for Making Contemporary Handbuilt Pottery, Kristin explains this pinch and paddle technique.
There are so many cool things you can do with slabs, and since they have been on the brain lately, today I thought I would do an excerpt from Jim Robison and Ian Marsh’s book Slab Techniques. In this excerpt, they explain a couple of different ways slabs can be used to create interesting forms with interesting stretched texture.
Today’s video comes to us from Ceramic Arts Daily reader Charan Sachar. I admire Charan’s ability to make handbuilt forms that are neat and tight. Not that all handbuilt forms have to be neat and tight – loose handbuilt forms are great too – but I definitely struggle with making my handbuilt forms appear well crafted and not sloppy (in my eyes). At any rate, this is an enjoyable video, and I definitely picked up a few tips to help improve my handbuilt pots. Hope you will too!
There are many ways to make goblets or chalices out of clay, but I especially loved the simplicity of a method that Mitch Lyons demonstrated at a recent Potters Council conference. I liked it so much that I got it on film and I am going to share it with you today! Mitch also demonstrates his method of inlaying colored clay decoration in the video.
Necessity is the mother of invention, as the saying goes, and Paul Donnelly’s tea trays are a prime example of this. Today, Paul Donnelly explains how he makes his tea trays using a combination of wheel throwing, press molding and slab-building techniques.
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.