On the Cover: Wallflower, 62 in. (1.6 m) in width, earthenware, glaze fired to cone 05, gold luster firing to cone 018. Photo by Peter Lee.

On the Cover: Wallflower, 62 in. (1.6 m) in width, earthenware, glaze fired to cone 05, gold luster firing to cone 018. Photo by Peter Lee.

 Theme: Choices

 

Even the beginner knows that ceramics is filled with choices. Choices of forming techniques, materials, firing options, decorating styles, and on and on. And that’s why even in our 14th year of publication, we’re still at it – there’s just so much to choose from.

 

In this issue you’ll get to take a look at throwing a bowl upside down, throwing a box, making and decorating a tile with piece missing, and even building your own tabletop slab roller for under $150. Beyond these featured choices, you’ll also get a glimpse of a product called Pyrofoto, a couple of stellar DVD reviews, making handles with plaster dies, using lusters, making a jewelry dish and some design ideas for flower pots.

 

Where do you start? You’ve got a lot of choices – go ahead and choose.

 Enjoy! —Bill Jones, Editor

 

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The Upside Down Bowl

by Martina Lantin

Martina enjoys making large bowls and discovered a way to increase the size with little effort – and it also adds an unusual touch. throwing part of the bowl upside down and and making a separate rim and bottom provide for unusual forms.

 

When the Negative is Positive

by Ursula Hargens

Ursula loves to decorate her pots in a graceful painterly style. When her pots became too limiting for her, she set out to expand her surface by creating large tiles – but not just your ordinary flat ones. Ursula constructs 3D canvases with negative spaces that add a whole new dimension to the hanging wall piece.

 

A Box Full of Possibilities

by Marty Fielding

Marty likes the idea of boxes and how they define an enclosed space. What he’s come up with is a way to make irregular shaped boxes from thrown parts and using a paddle and ribs to refine the shape and decoration.

 

DIY Tabletop Slab Roller

by Daryl Baird

Daryl was the author of The Extruder Book and has just submitted his manuscript for his next book From a Slab of Clay. This plan is excerpted from the book due out in 2012. Stay tuned for more details.

Constructing Your Own Slab Roller
by George and Nancy Wettlaufer, Ceramics Monthly February 1977



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In the Mix: Pyrofoto
by Jessica Knapp

 Jessica takes a look at Pyrofoto, an image transfer product that works by mixing it with glaze. Check out her review and tips on how to use it.

 

Tools of the Trade:What’s Your Handle?

by Circa Ceramics

Andy Witt and Nancy Pizarro of Circa Ceramics designed and built a hydraulic press mold for their production studio and demonstrate how to make a handle mold.

 

 

Supply Room:Low-fire Clay Bodies
by Bill Jones

What goes around comes around. After being nudged out first by high fire stoneware and porcelain an then finally mid-range stoneware and porcelain, low-fire clay is seeing a comeback. If you’re not using it, take a look.

 

Tips from the Pros: Barbara Schwartz
by Jonathan Kaplan

Barbara Schwartz chooses to use lusters on her work to get stunning effects. Jonathan Kaplan reviews her work and her practices. There’s enough information here for you to choose whether or not you’d like to give them a go.

 

Instructors File: Petal Bowl
by Frank James Fisher

Frank provides a really cool project we thought would be great as a teaching tool. The Petal Bowl is functional, made from two thrown parts, altered and assembled. Multiple skills required plus a design problem.

 

Off the Shelf: Instructional DVDs by Sandi Pierantozzi and Nan Rothwell
by Sumi von Dassow

Here’s a review of Sandi’s and Nan’s new DVDs. Read the review on Nan’s bookstore page or Sandi’s bookstore page.

 

Pottery Illustrated: Flower Pot Designs
Illustrated by Robin Ouellette

An issue with all these articles about earthenware would not be complete without a tip of the illustrator’s pen to flower pots. Get some red earthenware clay and make up some of your own designs. Just fire them. Glazing optional. A fun summer project!!!!

 

  

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