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Second DIY Clay Tools Video Contest Winner!


Sushi Set, by DIY Clay Tools Contest Winner Catherine Ries

The votes have been tallied and I’m pleased to announce that Catherine Ries is the grand prize winner of our Second DIY Clay Tools Video Contest! In today’s post, Catherine will tell us a bit more about herself and how she plans to use that awesome ceramic printer she just won! Plus we’ll share some images of her work. Congratulations to Catherine, and to runners up Christeena Gallahue and Kevin Morris.


We’d also like to thank our very generous sponsor Digital Ceramic Technologies and to everyone who entered, commented and voted. There were so many good entries that we will probably feature some honorable mentions on CAD from time to time. Stay tuned! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.




Tripod Tumblers, by Catherine Ries

First of all, I would like to recognize the ingenuity presented by the other finalists. Both Kevin and Christeena shared wonderful ideas! I love how this contest embodies the sharing spirit that is so prevalent in the ceramic arts community.


I am absolutely thrilled to be the winner of the DIY tool contest and the recipient of the Ricoh Digital Ceramic Printer by Digital Ceramic Technologies! The moment I heard of the contest I knew I had to enter and attempt to win this fantastic prize.


Starving for Control, by Catherine Ries

In addition to being a ceramic artist I also paint and experiment with digital art; a ceramic decal printer is the perfect way for me to combine my two-dimensional art with my ceramic work. Thank you to everyone who voted! This printer is going to help me bring my work to a new level. 


I have always considered myself an artist, but only started creating ceramic pieces a couple of years ago; the moment I began working with clay I knew we were going to be lifelong friends. The process of working with clay is consistently intriguing; from formation to firing I am always captivated by this amazing and responsive material. I enjoy creating functional work as well as more conceptual sculptural pieces.


From setting up a proper working space to selecting the right tools and equipment — including complete instructions for building your own slab roller — Daryl Baird doesn’t miss any details in his latest book, From a Slab of Clay.

Includes 16 slab project demonstrations and a gallery of selected works from ceramic artists.

Read more and download an excerpt! 






Rescue Mission, by Catherine Ries. Click to enlarge!

I am currently enrolled at Concordia University and working towards my BA in Studio Art with a ceramics emphasis. I will be graduating next May and I hope to pursue a career at an art gallery in addition to being a working artist.



The Second DIY Clay Tools Video Contest was sponsored by:




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For more interesting homemade tool ideas, be sure to download Pottery Throwing Tools: A Guide to Making and Using Pottery Tools for Wheel Throwing, which is free to Ceramic Arts Daily subscribers.