In this issue, among our usual fare, we will talk about the approach to ceramic design some have taken, and look at the resulting work so you can make up your own mind. —Sherman Hall, Editor.
When I first saw Blair Clemo’s work, I figured the ornate surfaces were developed with sprigs that were attached after the pieces were thrown. In fact, the ornamental elements are a part of the structure of the pieces. In today’s post, Blair explains how he handbuilds with decorative sprigs and forming molds, and then finishes… Read More »
I love the look of screen printed images but I avoided trying screen printing on my clay work until I discovered a super easy way to make the screens using the sun as an “exposure unit.” Now I have been having lots of fun experimenting with the technique. In today’s post, an excerpt from… Read More »
Potters and ceramic artists are very open minded when it comes to their tools. The general rule of thumb seems to be, if it’s not nailed down, test it out as a pottery tool – actually, even the nailed-down things have probably been considered. So when Frank James Fisher noticed a bunch of trim scraps… Read More »
My new year’s resolution is to make more molds. Molds are a simple way to create simple or complex forms and then reproduce them with little effort. When you do this, the individual forms lose their preciousness, which allows you the freedom to creatively experiment. With the little studio time that I get, I… Read More »
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I have been really into handbuilding and red earthenware lately – in particular, using hump and slump molds to create forms. Today’s post is sort of a perfect marriage of those interests. In it, Shoko Teruyama explains how she creates her forms using coils and slabs over bisque molds. Plus she shares how she coats… Read More »
Cake and flowers – two of my favorite things. It’s no surprise then, that I am particularly drawn to Arthur Halvorsen’s flower bricks. Arthur says that despite not really having a sweet tooth himself, he wanted his work to reference pastries because these treats are found worldwide and are usually associated with fun, playful events…. Read More »
Pitchers are a fun and challenging form to make and there are lots of different ways to make them. As with most of his forms, Jake Allee likes to cut and assemble his pitchers to give them a little character. In today’s video post, an excerpt from Assembly Required: Building Complex Pottery Forms by… Read More »
Sometimes cutting up your studio tools can reveal all new uses. And taking the extra step to make those tools and experiment with using them, can make all the difference in refining your forms. In today’s post, an excerpt from the January 2014 issue of Ceramics Monthly, Jim Wylder shares two homemade tools that have helped him achieve precision from rim to foot.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.