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Welcome to your workshop! Whether you enjoy throwing, handbuilding, glaze testing or all of the above, we’ve pulled together several things for you to try out once you get back to your studio. 

If you’re familiar with Pottery Making Illustrated and Ceramics Monthly, then you already know they’re packed full of practical information, projects, and techniques you can use. The articles in this 2014 Clay Workshop Handbook provide a sampling of some of the great content you’ll discover in each issue. 


Here’s an excerpt from one of the mini pottery workshops you’ll find in the 2014 Workshop Handbook: Clay Projects and Studio Resources:


Peltzman_1-4Surface Decoration

by Doug Peltzman


My decorating technique requires incised lines inlaid with a black slip. When the teapot becomes leather hard, brush wax on the entire piece.


Note: The added moisture from the wax can soften the piece, so be careful when handling. Once the wax dries, the piece is ready to be incised with lines, patterns, or drawings. I divide my piece into equal vertical sections using a ruler and a needle tool and incise horizontal lines by using the contours of the horizontal clay rings as a guide (figure 1).


Peltzman5-6Now that the piece has been broken up into sections, I start by filling in every other square with a pattern. When all of the incisions are complete, begin to inlay black slip. Using a small brush, carefully paint slip into each line. You’ll find that because of the wax layer on the clay, the slip beads right into the incision (figure 2). The wax also helps with the clean up. Use a lightly dampened sponge to remove any excess black slip. The wax creates a barrier and doesn’t allow the sponge to remove clay or let the black slip muddy up the white porcelain.


The last step in the greenware stage is to apply texture if desired. I use the teeth of a cut-up hacksaw blade to apply texture to all of the areas that aren’t incised and inlaid.

To see the rest of this article, download your free copy of the Workshop Handbook: Clay Projects and Studio Resources


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Here’s what else is included in the Clay Workshop Handbook:
Knowledge and Techniques for the Pottery Studio





08sgraffito-decoration-Flowerbrick: From Clay Body to Form

by Joan Bruneau 


Discover how Joan Bruneau applies her interests in history, architecture, and food using a local clay and low-fire polychrome glazes.



figure-04Ornament Beneath the Surface

by A. Blair Clemo

Add ornament to your functional forms by combining sprig molds and throwing techniques.


ATfigure-08Softening Form with Color

by Angelique Tassistro


Try this washing technique to create softly layered patterns using layered underglazes.


YSBPhoto05Big Platters the Easy Way 

by Yoko Sekino-Bové


Learn the secrets to throwing large platters using more brain than brawn.


10-pdonnelly-green-cupCone 6 Glazes

by Paul Donnelly

Check out these cone 6, transparent, glossy and white glaze recipes for functional pottery.


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About Ceramic Arts Daily:


Ceramic Arts Daily is a free online website and newsletter written and produced for the benefit of potters and ceramic artists worldwide. The newsletter features both renowned and emerging artists, their work, techniques and artistic perspectives. Regular features include tips and techniques designed to help every artist expand their skill set and widen their artistic horizons. Ceramic Arts Daily also delivers video tips, in which potters and ceramic artists demonstrate various projects and processes. Think of them as e-workshops!


Ceramic Arts Daily is designed to be interactive, inviting your comments and fostering a community in which each person can contribute to the growth of their own and others’ skills. You may be surprised at what you learn!


Ceramic artists on Ceramic Arts Daily know what ceramic art is all about – from functional pottery to abstract ceramic sculpture. This is about community. You’ll be drawn in by artists’ stories, inspired by their work and find confidence to try some of their techniques. With Ceramic Arts Daily, you’ll learn a little bit of everything. Then you can choose the techniques you enjoy the most to create something new!


So start today by downloading our free 2011 Clay Workshop Handbook: Knowledge and Techniques for the Pottery Studio. Then, get ready for Ceramic Arts Daily to introduce you to new artists and show you new techniques!



One Comment on "Workshop Handbook: Clay Projects and Studio Resources"

  1. Jack O Donnell June 17, 2013 at 9:22 am -
    Tremendious layout and fabulous content

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