Whether you fire in oxidation, reduction, or neutral—with gas, electricity, or wood—High Fire Glazes delivers an enormous array of surface possibilities. The recipes in this book have been used and tested by more professional artists, over a longer period of time, than those at other temperature ranges. It’s not a matter of status or comparative desirability, but a factor of the reality that the history of studio ceramics in the United States was built largely at high temperatures. And you are the beneficiary of the reliability that comes from such thorough and wide-ranged testing.
Clay is the most versatile sculpture material around. It’s easy to use, readily available, inexpensive, and perfect for creating works of almost any size or shape. For thousands of years, artists have used clay to stir their imagination and give shape to their ideas.
In Sculpture Techniques, you will discover a world of fresh ideas from more than thirty artists as they share their unique approaches and inspired insights. This book provides a wealth of valuable information along with lots of ideas you will want to try out. If you are looking for endless hours of exciting ways to spend time in the studio, Sculpture Techniques can serve as your guide.
Mixing contrasting ceramic stains into a white clay body and then handbuilding with them can lead to some incredible pottery surfaces. For Naomi Lindenfeld, working with colored clays is a way to create active, engaging surfaces reminiscent of the textiles her mother once made.In today’s post, an excerpt from the January 2016 issue of Ceramics… Read More »
Good news cone 6 potters! We’ve gathered some of our favorite cone 6 glaze recipes in a convenient recipe-card format, perfect for printing and taking to the pottery studio. If you are interested in building a collection of beautiful cone 6 pottery glazes, you’ve found the perfect resource. If you’ve been low firing and would like to turn up the heat a bit, here’s a great assortment of cone 6 recipes to start with. Or if you have grown bored with your current cone 6 glazes, try out a few of these. There is something for everyone involved in ceramics, so download your free copy of 15 Tried and True Cone 6 Glaze Recipes: Recipes and Testing Procedures for our Favorite Mid-Range Pottery Glazes when you sign up for Ceramic Arts Daily today!
I first saw Eric Stearns’ work on social media. He posted this crazy cool video of his piercing process and I was mesmerized! My interest in carving and piercing clay has never been high, but after watching Eric work, I knew I needed to try this. His piercing technique piqued my interest and inspired me to… Read More »
Over the past couple of years, I have been in an ongoing quest to make the perfect handles for my pottery. I have tried a million different techniques, and I am getting closer, but I am still not completely satisfied with my handles.But, onward and upward (hopefully) I will go, and today’s video provides some… Read More »
I have been messing around with crazing as a deliberate decorative effect lately. Though it is technically a glaze defect, crazed surfaces can actually be quite beautiful and I have really been enjoying the depth that crackling can create.But the crackle surfaces I have been creating pale in comparison to the Snowflake Crackle glazes John… Read More »
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 Handbuilt Forms with Soft Slabs: Developing Ideas, Sketches,and Patterns into Functional Pottery, Liz shares a couple of techniques that help create surface variation that functions aesthetically… Read More »
Clay is a wonderful material because it can be made to look like just about anything. From Sylvia Hyman’s cardboard boxes of mail to Brett Kern’s “inflatable” dinosaurs, the trompe l’oeil (French for “Fool the Eye”) tradition is strong in ceramic sculpture.Kathy Pallie chose to emulate the natural beauty of Lake Tahoe in a commission… Read More »
Ceramic stains make it possible to create glazes that fire to just about any color of the rainbow. But one drawback is that the glaze surfaces colored with ceramic stains often lack the depth of those glazes that use ceramic oxides.The lanthanide metals, also referred to as the “rare earths” can produce some cool colors… Read More »