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May 30, 2014

Making low-fire work in an electric kiln, Liz Zlot Summerfield carefully considers her surface decoration at every step along the way. In today’s post, an excerpt from her DVD...
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May 28, 2014

Address signs are fun to make as housewarming gifts for friends and family, or to put your own personal stamp on your own house. In today’s post, an excerpt...
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May 26, 2014

Slip trailing is a great way to add decoration to pots. Most ceramic artists use a fairly liquid slip when slip trailing. But after watching a baking competition on...
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May 23, 2014

There is something about carving into leatherhard clay that is so satisfying. It's probably why trimming pots is my favorite part of throwing. But using carving as a decorative...
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May 21, 2014

Today's post combines two great things: clay and music. In an excerpt from Barry Hall's From Mud to Music, you'll learn how to make a clay whistle flute...
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May 19, 2014

I have seen many potters use tar paper as a pattern making tool, and have seen stencils used to create colorful designs with underglazes or glazes. But in today's...
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May 16, 2014

When learning to hand build, one of the biggest challenges can be staring at that slab or lump of clay and envisioning an interesting form. That “blank canvas” can...
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May 14, 2014

Paper clay is an ideal solution for building complex or delicate ceramic sculpture. Made by mixing any type of clay body -- earthenware, stoneware, raku or porcelain -- with...
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May 12, 2014

In today's post, Annie Chrietzberg explains how potter Cynthia Guajardo mixes linocut printing with clay. It's a fantastic method for creating repeatable customized texture on pottery.

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May 9, 2014

There are lots of ways to create texture on pottery, the most obvious being stamping the malleable surface. But Lisa Naples creates beautiful...
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