Bill Griffith had been making small creamers and pitchers for a while when he decided that the handles, while pleasing aesthetically, were not functioning as well as he wanted them to. After experimenting with the form, he came up with handle-less pots that actually functioned better ergonomically than the pots had been making with handles. In today’s post, Bill explains his process for these slab-built handle-less pitchers.
We love Halloween here at Ceramic Arts Daily, and for today’s post, we wanted to have a little fun. So we called on our friend Lisa Bare Culp (who is always a hoot) and she delivered. In today’s bonus Halloween video, Lisa demonstrates a fun, festive (and spooky!) Halloween project suited for all ages. Happy Halloween everybody!
Pottery Video of the Week: Making Interesting Cup Shapes by Combining Bisque Molded and Wheel-Thrown Parts
In today’s video, Deborah Schwartzkopf demonstrates how she makes the super cool bottoms of her cup forms with a slab and a bisque fired mold. She then skillfully attaches the base to a bottomless wheel-thrown cylinder, which she then darts and alters to make the shape just right. Voila! Not your typical cylindrical cup form.
Bonus Monday Pottery Video: Nifty Adjustable Mold System Makes Many Shapes and Sizes Possible with a Single Mold
In this bonus Monday pottery video, Dale Baucum tries out a couple of adjustable molds for slab building. The beauty of these molds is that you can make a plethora of different shapes and sizes of pots with just one mold. Super cool.
Designing With Texture: Using Textured Plaster Slabs to Incorporate Surface Detail into Pottery in the Design Stage
Today potter Dan Gegen explains how he begins working with texture
before the construction process even begins, and therefore makes it
integral to the design of the pot. He also shares the glaze recipe for the lovely celadon-esque glaze featured on the pot to the left.
In today’s video, Stephani gives some great tips on preparing extruded trim for architectural projects. Even if you don’t have an architectural project in your future, you’ll find some of these tips — like how she “sews” pieces together — quite handy in your regular studio work too.
In today’s post, an excerpt from the September 2011 issue of Ceramics Monthly, Ulrich Schumann talks about his path in ceramics, as well as how he makes his remarkable large-scale work.
Last Friday, I posted a video filmed at a Potters Council conference earlier this year. In the video, Tammy Marinuzzi demonstrated her handbuilding techniques for her figurative functional pottery. Today, I am sharing part two. In this segment, Tammy shows us how she makes the lids for her lidded jars, and how she adds life to the work by adding expressive eyes, noses, and mouths.
Since the mid-1970s, ceramic artist Peter King has been combining his experience in the building industry with his love for clay to make architectural works of art. Many of his projects involve columns like those shown to the left so Peter had to come up with a really great system for making tall, straight-walled cylindrical pieces. The best way Peter has found to do this is by wrapping slabs around cylindrical forms made of plywood and roofing flashing. Today, he explains this method, which allows him to make columns in virtually any height or diameter.
I met Tammy Marinuzzi earlier this year at the Potters Council Surface + Form workshop and had the pleasure of watching her work (and I just happened to catch it on film!). I was so impressed by her relaxed way of working and how she lets these little creatures evolve as they are being formed rather than starting out with a set plan. There was so much good stuff in her process that I couldn’t quite condense it down to one video, so today I will show you part one. Tune in next week for part two!