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Less is More: Using Simple Pottery Forms as a Canvas for Playful Underglaze and Majolica Decoration

Posted On April 14, 2014 5 Comments

In today’s post, an excerpt from the November/December 2011 Pottery Making Illustrated, Courtney Murphy explains how she combines underglaze decoration over a majolica glaze to create her delightfully simple illustrations. She also throws in a couple of recipes!

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Creating Curves with Clay

Posted On February 27, 2014 Comments Off

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In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents Video Series, Martha Grover demonstrates how she creates her signature curvy forms from wheel thrown and handbuilt parts. She shows how to make six examples of her elegant forms (plus a bonus project!). In addition, Martha explains her meticulous glazing process.

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Connecting the Dots: Slip Dotting and Feathering

Posted On February 24, 2014 3 Comments

While in graduate school, Elizabeth Sparks became interested in traditional slipware pottery. So she tore through books and magazines to learn about the technique. She combined that research with an interest in using local raw materials. In today’s post, she shares her slip dotting and feathering techniques.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Less is More: A Minimalist Approach to Glazing Ceramics

Posted On February 17, 2014 26 Comments

Karen Swyler takes a subtle approach to her glazing, juxtaposing raw white porcelain
surfaces with ribbons of shiny clear-glazed lines or small accents of
color. Today, in an excerpt from an upcoming Ceramics Monthly profile, she explains her less-is-more glazing technique.

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The Distressed Look: Using Texture, Engobes, Underglazes and Glaze to Create a Weathered Looking Surface

Posted On January 27, 2014 2 Comments

In today’s post, Lisa Pedolsky shares how she works in layers and stages to create her distressed surfaces. She also shares a low-fire glaze and engobe recipe.

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Groovy Ceramics: How to Use Scraps of Molding as Pottery Shaping Tools

Posted On January 8, 2014 25 Comments

When Frank James Fisher noticed a bunch of trim scraps at a local home center, his thoughts immediately went to “clay tool.” Today, Frank explains how he has turned these scraps into handy shaping tools for wheel throwing. Next time you’re at a lumberyard, ask for some of the scraps and try them out

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Festive Flower Bricks: Coil-Built Forms Fit For a Party

Posted On December 30, 2013 20 Comments

Today, in an excerpt from the November/December 2010 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, Arthur Halversen takes us through the coil building process he uses to construct his flower brick forms. He also shares his recipe for the frosting-like glaze he uses – the icing on the cake, as they say. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Pottery Video of the Week: Layering and Carving Colored Slips on a Slab-Built Vessel

Posted On November 22, 2013 14 Comments

Today’s video is an excerpt from Curt Benzle’s forthcoming DVD Expanding your Creative Palette with Colored Clay (due out next month). Actually, it is a technique that we really really liked, but just couldn’t fit on the disc! In the clip, Curt demonstrates a simple way to create texture and pattern on a vessel by layering and carving colored slips. Watch the video!

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Scratching the Surface: The Terra Sigillata Clay Tile Paintings of Jenny Mendes

Posted On November 20, 2013 17 Comments

Not even Jenny Mendes herself can explain the mystery of how her imagery makes it out of her subconscious and onto her clay tile paintings. But she can explain the technical details of scratching her drawings into moist clay and layering various colors of terra sigillata to create her rich illustrations. That’s exactly what she does in today’s post. Enjoy!

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Design for the Soft Surface

Posted On November 8, 2013 0 Comments

In this edition of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video series, Ben Carter shares his methods for integrating surface design with altered wheel-thrown and handbuilt pottery. Referencing pillows, tufted furniture, and quilts, Carter imbues his pots with softness in a variety of ways—from altering freshly thrown pots to create volume, to stretching soft clay into foam slump molds. Using this overfilled aesthetic as a metaphor for the comfort of southern hospitality, he complements the soft forms with slip and underglaze decoration using sgraffito, slip trailing, and painting techniques.