If you have ever damaged a freshly thrown piece moving it off of the wheel, you know the value of a bat. This handy accessory not only helps preserve your creative efforts, but allows you to move large or delicate pieces from your wheel to free it up for the next piece, and they also… Read More »
Want to make quick work of multiple, handbuilt plate forms? Try Styrofoam rings found in most craft supply stores (for wreath making), They’re inexpensive, lightweight, and easy to store. In today’s post, an excerpt from the February 2015 issue of Ceramics Monthly, Nancy Gallagher explains this great plate-making system. – Jennifer Poellot Harnetty, editor. … Read More »
When you think of wheel-thrown plates, chances are you think of the round variety. But when you make them with a thrown ring and a slab bottom, the possibilities for more expressive forms open up. Amelia Stamps makes her wheel thrown platters for her tea sets in this way. By changing the shape of the platter from plain round to kidney shaped, she helps it tie into the curves on the other pieces in the tea set.
In today’s video, an excerpt from Making and Decorating a Tea Set, you’ll see how she creates the perfect shaped plate to compliment her tea sets. But that’s not the only cool technique you’ll pick up! You’ll also see three other decorative ideas that help to tie her sets together. – Jennifer Poellot Harnetty, editor.
Firing clay in an electric kiln is the most common firing method because electric kilns are readily available and relatively inexpensive. A search for “kiln” on sites like Craigslist typically yields multiple results. Often times, buyers of these kilns are given very little information on how the kiln works or how to fire it. Buyers… Read More »
Pop-up shows can, well, pop up anywhere, and create a sense of fun and immediacy for visitors. They also let artists combine the best of both online marketing and traditional physical shows of their work. Ceramics Monthly: How are pop-up shows in the Helsinki area organized, and what are the benefits of marketing your work… Read More »
Many many moons ago, when I started out my career here as assistant editor to our magazines Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated, there was one rule of pottery photography that would show your work in the best way possible: Photograph your pots on a neutral gradated background with a wide depth of field. Nothing… Read More »
Jennifer Allen’s video, Fundamentals of Wheel Throwing, is the perfect foundation to her other video, Intermediate Wheel Throwing. Buy them individually or SAVE $10 when you buy both! Throwing cups and mugs is one of my favorite things to do on the wheel. Partially out of habit, and partially because I secretly love trimming, I usually end… Read More »
I love Brazilian ceramic artist Valeria Nascimento’s work. Her delicate, ultra-thin porcelain wall pieces seem to defy gravity. Ah yes, “Flower,” pictured at above, or “Roses,” pictured below, would be just perfect hanging on my living room wall (though it’s probably not the best idea considering the fact that I have a son who can… Read More »
How many times have you tried to eyeball making evenly spaced decorations around a piece of round pottery and misjudged the spacing? I have done this more times than I care to admit. So unnecessary, especially when potters like Sylvia Shirley share tips on handy devices like the one below. Sylvia’s dividing web will make… Read More »
Nowadays, ceramic artists are spoiled. It wasn’t that long ago that getting the colors and surfaces you wanted took a lifetime of experimentation. But because of developments in modern stain technology, we have practically every color of the rainbow at our fingertips. In today’s post, John Britt explains the ins and outs of ceramic stains… Read More »