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 »
Brice Dyer’s family has always valued special occasions – using the fancy china and candles for those special dinners. The idea of using certain objects for only deserving occasions, combined with his love of rock climbing were the source of inspiration for his ceramic shot glasses and tray.In today’s post, Brice shares how he uses… Read More »
I find it challenging to go from a flat slab of clay to a functional vessel (probably explains why I mostly throw). It is just hard to picture what a two-dimensional shape is going to do when it’s folded into a three dimensional shape.So I loved this little explanation by Sandi Pierantozzi. In this clip… Read More »
Sometimes you just need a change. Tim Ludwig began to feel that his work needed a change about ten years ago, so he took a workshop with Bede Clark. After seeing Bede work with slips and colored stains, he found the direction he wanted to take. He’s been perfecting his technique ever since.In today’s post,… Read More »
Selecting your tools is an important part of making. Every tool creates a different mark, and it is up to the artist to choose what marks they want to make. While in grad school, I was asked about the types of tools I use and why I chose them. I realized that I have a… Read More »
Once you have mastered wheel throwing, you can get a little tired of round pots. Faceting pottery is a fun way to fight “round pot boredom.” Many potters facet on stiffened up pots, but Gay Smith prefers faceting before she even takes the pot off the wheel. She loves the spontaneity and the fact that… Read More »
In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Video Series, Gertrude Graham (nicknamed Gay) Smith shares the ways she works with freshly thrown pots to alter surface and form. Enamored with the tactile and responsive nature of clay, Gay chooses to make alterations on her pots immediately after they are thrown to create energetic and spontaneous marks. In this program, she shows a number of different ways to alter fresh surfaces, as well as how to enhance those marks in the trimming and finishing of several pieces. In addition she covers her considerations of form and how to make the pieces more utilitarian. If you find yourself in love with the nature of freshly thrown clay and want to learn to successfully capture it in your work, this video is for you!