These tumblers by Erik Haagenson are an example of a nice Cone 6 reduction Temmoku As I have mentioned before on CAD, ceramics is not the greenest of art forms, but it is nice to know that, with a little effort, potters can reduce their carbon footprints. One way to do this is to reduce… Read More »
Ceramics Monthly: What do you think it takes to make a living as a potter? Robert Briscoe: Obviously, to make a living as a potter, you must first care passionately about making good pots. Developing the skills to make good pots is the prerequisite to making a living. Once you have that, you need the… Read More »
One challenge that faces many ceramic sculptors is the sheer heft of clay, especially in a large sculpture. Ceramic artist Linda Mau faced just such a problem when she wanted to build a series of geometric sculptures that were to be suspended by nylon line. The solution she came up with involved paper, clay and… Read More »
This clip was excerpted from In the Studio with Randy Johnston and Jan McKeachie-Johnston, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Shop! Creating a Unique Slab Built Pottery VaseJan McKeachie-Johnston’s folded vase form is her translation of a Native American birch bark basket into clay. To make it, she uses one clay slab and… Read More »
Raku firing is expressive, exciting, and fun. Whether you’re rakuing in your own studio, or taking part in a group firing at a school, workshop or community center, raku offers many rewards. But the process requires more than just enthusiasm; you need the proper equipment and tools to make the event successful. If you’re interested in getting started with raku or in adding raku to your program, here are a few pointers for getting off to a good start with the right kiln—the most important tool you’ll need.
If you have ever damaged a freshly thrown piece moving it off of the wheel, you know the value of a bat. This handy accessory not only helps preserve your creative efforts, but allows you to move large or delicate pieces from your wheel to free it up for the next piece, and they also… Read More »
Want to make quick work of multiple, handbuilt plate forms? Try Styrofoam rings found in most craft supply stores (for wreath making), They’re inexpensive, lightweight, and easy to store.In today’s post, an excerpt from the February 2015 issue of Ceramics Monthly, Nancy Gallagher explains this great plate-making system. – Jennifer Poellot Harnetty, editor. I like to… Read More »
When you think of wheel-thrown plates, chances are you think of the round variety. But when you make them with a thrown ring and a slab bottom, the possibilities for more expressive forms open up. Amelia Stamps makes her wheel thrown platters for her tea sets in this way. By changing the shape of the platter from plain round to kidney shaped, she helps it tie into the curves on the other pieces in the tea set.
In today’s video, an excerpt from Making and Decorating a Tea Set, you’ll see how she creates the perfect shaped plate to compliment her tea sets. But that’s not the only cool technique you’ll pick up! You’ll also see three other decorative ideas that help to tie her sets together. – Jennifer Poellot Harnetty, editor.
Firing clay in an electric kiln is the most common firing method because electric kilns are readily available and relatively inexpensive. A search for “kiln” on sites like Craigslist typically yields multiple results. Often times, buyers of these kilns are given very little information on how the kiln works or how to fire it. Buyers… Read More »
Pop-up shows can, well, pop up anywhere, and create a sense of fun and immediacy for visitors. They also let artists combine the best of both online marketing and traditional physical shows of their work. Ceramics Monthly: How are pop-up shows in the Helsinki area organized, and what are the benefits of marketing your work… Read More »