I am always amazed that no matter how long I have been making ceramic videos for Ceramic Arts Daily, each and every one has something new to offer. Our latest release, Gestural Imagery and Form with Mel Griffin, has some wonderful pottery design ideas, and in today’s clip, I am sharing one of them.In this… Read More »
We haven’t posted a pottery studio visit in a while, so when I saw the lovely former one-room-schoolhouse studio of Patricia Griffin in the February 2016 issue of Ceramics Monthly, I had to share.In this post, Patricia explains how she was able to rent this historical building from the local Lion’s Club after she outgrew… Read More »
The definition of raku firing (American-style) is “a firing process in which work is removed from the kiln at bright red heat and subjected to post-firing reduction (or smoking) by placing in containers of combustible materials, which blackens raw clay and creates cracks in glaze. But as with anything in ceramics, there is not just… Read More »
Ever since buying one of Chandra Debuse’s yunomi’s a couple of years ago, I wondered how she created the biomorphic volumes that give these forms their wonderful Seuss-like quality. Turns out, they are made with the aid of craft foam – that craft store staple that is ubiquitous in children’s art projects.Chandra reveals the secrets… Read More »
Raku firing is expressive, exciting and fun. Whether you’re raku firing in your own studio or taking part in a group raku firing at a school, workshop or community center, raku offers many rewards. Raku firing is one of the most exciting processes in ceramics. After you place your pottery into a raku kiln, the anticipation builds as you wait for that final moment when the intense heat begins to melt the raku glazes. When you remove the pieces when the glazes begin to melt, you can feel the heat and hear the pings your red hot work rapidly cooling, then it’s into the raku combustibles for a round of flame and smoke. Many surprises await you as you clean the surface and reveal the wonders of raku pottery.
As we all know, in ceramics, trial and error is an integral part of the learning process – and often it can feel like mostly error. But it’s the way it goes with this medium, and each little bit of wisdom these little failures yield, gets us closer to success.Peter Karner developed his surface decoration… Read More »
Dive into some glaze chemistry today! The recipes used on this turquoise and yellow egg tray by Andrea Denniston are included below.If you’re like me, the mention of the word chemistry can send you into a panic – admittedly not my favorite subject. But I love ceramics, so I realized a while back that I… Read More »
There have been many times in my pottery-making days when I have wished I had an extra hand (or two!). One of those times is when I have been trying to create a nice pulled handle for a larger piece, but traditional handle pulling was too cumbersome. Sure, I could handbuild a handle, but sometimes… Read More »
In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video series, Mel Griffin presents her techniques for creating illustrated pottery that truly merges the surface and the form. A painter and illustrator at heart, but also in love with the ceramic process, Mel doesn’t simply draw on the surfaces of her work. Instead she demonstrates how she draws into the surface, taking advantage of clay’s malleability to create further expression and movement. She begins by explaining where she looks for drawing inspiration, and then demonstrates how she breaks down source imagery into basic shapes and lines to create energetic sketches. Next she goes through the entire making process for a plate, bowl, and cup – from throwing the forms, to transferring the designs to the surface, to altering the form to enhance the drawing, and all the way through the decorating process. If you are interested in making dynamic expressive work, let Mel be your guide.
It goes without saying that kilns are a crucial part of the ceramic process. Without them, your work will not last (or be usable!). Electric kilns are the most easily accessible type of kiln, and they are pretty straightforward, but it still can be difficult to know what you should look for when purchasing an electric kiln. In today’s post,… Read More »