Albuquerque, New Mexico
I can get lost in the sumptuous surfaces of Gail Nichols’ soda fired work. The way she skillfully “paints” her pots through the firing process is fascinating and the results are breathtaking – from the rich dimpled textures to her trademark “soda ice” blue hues. Though I have never participated in a soda firing, it… Read More »
This definitive book on naked raku book results from years of studio work, workshop presentations, conversations, and research. Guided by Eduardo Lazo’s expertise, contributors Kate and Will Jacobson, Wally Asselberghs, Linda and Charlie Riggs, Amber Aguirre, and Dana Bilello-Barrow each describe their personal working techniques for working on the bare clay surface. These skilled and passionate teachers withhold no secrets and reveal information gathered from years of trial-and-error experimentation. The book includes virtually every aspect of naked raku as well as bare clay techniques that include masking, pit firing and fuming.
In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents Video Series, Daryl E. Baird draws on his extensive experience working with the clay extruder to demystify this useful piece of studio equipment. A little planning goes a long way, and Baird shares a multitude of tips for creating an efficient workspace and having a high success rate with your extrusions. From installation to making custom dies, Daryl shows how to exploit the efficiency of the extruder and pair it with your own creativity to create exciting ceramic art.
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This extensive how-to book puts you in touch with all the creative potential of the extruder. With more than 50% new material, this book features new works by artists, up-to-date information on extruders, and great step-by-step demonstrations, making it a must for anyone with an extruder in their studio. If you have an extruder and aren’t sure what to do with it, Daryl’s comprehensive book updates his best-selling first edition. You’ll discover tips for setting up your studio, supplies you’ll need to make extruding easier, and accessories that will help you with more complicated extrusions.
Getting the perfect surface on your clay pieces is often a combination of choosing the right materials, smart timing of tasks, and knowing which is the best tool for the job. In today’s post, an excerpt from the May 2014 issue of Ceramics Monthly, John Dadmun shows how to make a low-tech sanding tool to… Read More »
But there is, at the end of the day, a larger issue that we all have in common—like the weather—that influences how we approach ceramics, and that is how to find a way to ignore all of these details and just focus on our clay work and produce work that we are proud of and that represents us in the world—which, after all, is the start and end of all of this. We have this question in common, but the solutions are as different as each of us. One of the most encouraging signs I see that indicates people are able to address this concern is that we continue to see talented, dedicated people entering the field and making work that is personal, refined, and honest. Take a look through this year’s Emerging Artists (starting on page 45) and I think you’ll agree. For some of them, the answer is finding residencies that will allow them time and space to focus on their work, for some it’s making the most of whatever bits of time and space they can carve out at home. Regardless of the specifics, it’s clear that each of them has made a conscious choice to make clay a priority in their lives. —Sherman Hall, Editor.
Who is eligible to join Potters Council?Whether you’re a passionate professional, an enthusiastic amateur, a handbuilder, a potter or a sculptor, Potters Council would be a great fit for you. How do I join or renew my membership with Potters Council?The Potters Council is excited that you are interested in joining or renewing… Read More »
Kari Radasch will focus on making and decorating a variety of pottery forms using earthenware clay. She will incorporate a smorgasbord of making-techniques, in addition to working with terra sigillata and best studio practices. She is the presenter at Throwing, Handbuilding, and Decorating, in Columbus, Ohio on June 7, 2014.