In this clip, an excerpt from his DVD Pottery Techniques: Making Lidded Forms and Trimming, Bill van Gilder demonstrates making a lidded jar on the pottery wheel. The beauty of this jar is that you can make the whole thing from just one lump of clay. And less centering is always a good thing, wouldn’t you… Read More »
I have to admit, glazing is not my favorite part of the ceramic process. It’s probably because of its potential to make or break a good pot (and believe me, I have broken quite a few with poor glaze application). I tend to be a bit of a sloppy glazer and I sometimes rush through it a little more quickly than I should. Denver, Colorado ceramic artist Annie Chrietzberg is the polar opposite of me in the glaze room: methodical and precise. I know my glazing outcomes could be greatly improved if I followed just a couple of Annie’s tips, so I thought I would share them with the community. Hopefully you will benefit from Annie’s advice too!
Jeremy Randall uses texture and asymetry to reference the aging industrial structures and ephemera he remembers from his childhood. He also introduces nonclay materials like nichrome wire and steel tacks to further the aesthetic. He finishes the pieces with colorful terra sigillatas and black copper wash to enhance the aged appearance. In today’s post, an… Read More »
The key to taking your pots from good to great is careful design (and practice, practice, practice, of course). If you fumble your way through a piece without really thinking it through, well, usually it shows. In today’s video, an excerpt from his DVD Precision Throwing and Intricate Carving, Adam Field explains the design considerations… Read More »
I first saw (and held) Birdie Boone’s belly-bottomed pots at an NCECA exhibition a couple of years ago, and I absolutely fell in love with them. Not only were the soft subtle colors contrasting with red clay body beautifully, but the pots felt so good in my hand because of the rounded bottom. In today’s… Read More »
Potters Council Advisory Board member Lyndsay Meiklem, shares her third installment, Tap into Twitter, Ben Carter shows us how he elevates earthenware with our In the Studio section, and the Potters Council Board Member Candidates are revealed. Voting starts now!
I love the versatility of the ceramic surface. Treat it one way and it can look shiny and new, and treat it another way, aged and weathered. Ceramic artist Lisa Pedolsky prefers the latter look. In today’s post, Jonathan Kaplan explains how Lisa works in layers and stages to create her distressed surfaces. Lisa… Read More »
VOTE for 2014 Board Member
As of March 2014, one board member term will be expiring; Shirley Potter. We as members of the board and members of Potters Council would like to thank Shirley for her excellent service in building Potters Council into the remarkable organization it is today. From now and until March 3, 2014, you (PC members) will be asked to vote for a new Member of the Advisory Board of the Potters Council.