If you have ever experienced using a tried and true glaze in one firing and had the exact same glaze come out completely differently in a later firing, you’ll love today’s video. There are lots of different reasons why this could happen, but a common one is that the glaze density was not consistent from… Read More »
Fixing a clogged drain is hard work and expensive. Making a drain trap is easier and cheaper than you might think. In today’s post, an excerpt from the April 2014 issue of Ceramics Monthly, Raquel and Dan Sobel explain how to make a clay trap from inexpensive and readily available materials. Give it a try… Read More »
Sometimes the glazes we use are good for one purpose, but not so good for another. A glaze might perform well when dipping or pouring, but dry so quickly when brushed the it’s nearly impossible to get an even coat. Glaze additives are the secret ingredients that can help remedy these problems. In today’s post,… Read More »
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As a member of Potters Council you now have exclusive access to information that you can utilize in your studio or for your business. Whether you’re just starting in clay or a professional this page will provide information and resources for you to grow in clay. This page will continue to change and provide more and more information for you to access.
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As a member of Potters Council you now have exclusive access to information that you can utilize in your studio, business or at your local art show. We have provided you with signs in three different styles and sizes that can be printed directly from your computer. Our goal is to help make your booth or selling space look professional and gallery-like as possible.
Daryl Baird’s Extruder Book has just been revised and re-released, this time with 19 great how-to projects from beginning to end (including beautiful color photographs of the process and the finished pieces!) In today’s post, I thought I would share one of those projects: a casserole dish that combines slabs and extrusions. – Jennifer Harnetty,… Read More »
The son of a builder, ceramic artist Jason Green became very familiar with architecture and the construction process. So it is no surprise that he likes to work big when it comes to clay. His experience with architectural spaces also plays into his work conceptually. Through his architectural ceramic sculpture and installations, Jason delves into… Read More »
For anyone interested in soda or salt firing, Soda, Clay and Fire covers the topic in great detail. The technical research and presentation surpass all existing literature on the topic, and the rich, vibrant examples of finished work are stunning and sure to inspire. With soda firing, the creative process continues until the kiln is turned off. Nichols’ book discusses the principles behind this technique and delves into clays, glazes, loading protocols, firing schedules and more. Also included are profiles of other artists working with this technique and examples of their work.
In today’s clip, Mark Peters shares a new twist that he came up with for faceting pots. By making the cuts while the pot is still cylindrical and adjusting the way the wire moves through the clay, Mark creates an interesting alternative to the typical faceted surface. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor. Having… Read More »