Clay tools are a potter’s best friend – especially homemade tools designed to be perfect for specific tasks. Just by doing some creative searching, it’s amazing how many useful tools can be gleaned from around the home. As Deb Oliva explains in today’s post, you can use everything from beads to discarded plastic-wrap boxes to create what you need exactly when you need it. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
There are myriad ways to get texture on clay – one of these being the handmade bisque stamp. But sometimes you just want more immediate gratification. That’s where carving block printing material comes in. In today’s post, Ann Ruel explains how to use these printing tools to easily create your own stamp designs (with no need to own a kiln). These could come in handy for someone who works at a community art center and doesn’t want to wait for a bisque stamp to be fired.
In today’s post, an excerpt from the May/June issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, Jake Allee shares what he learned when he recently delved into the Majolica technique. I really like the advice he gives on experimenting in your work. This may be just the impetus I needed to start some majolica experiments myself.
Nancy Gardner loves commercial glazes and underglazes because the color choices are virtually unlimited. And she has no qualms about using commercial products instead of mixing her own.
In this article, an excerpt from our free download Getting the Most out of Ceramic Glazes and Underglazes: Using Commercial Ceramic Glazes and Underglazes to Achieve Color, Depth, and Complexity, she shares how she layers them up to create bright and beautiful floral designs on her pottery. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
It is a very exciting time to be a ceramic artist. There is a wealth of information available to help you do virtually anything you can dream up with pots. This is especially true when it comes to image transfer. Over the years, artists have been experimenting and discovering new ways to get imagery onto pots using high-tech and low-tech methods. In today’s post, an excerpt from our new book release Image & Design Transfer Techniques, Martina Lantin explains a fairly low-tech way to use a photocopy or laser print out to transfer a pattern onto a pot.
When you look at Lana Wilson’s layered slip and sgraffito surfaces for the first time, you probably find yourself wondering, “wow, how did she do that?” It isn’t immediately obvious how she creates the intense colors and intricate patterns.
Well, wonder no more! In today’s video, an excerpt from her much-anticipated new video Handbuilding with Color and Texture, Lana walks us through her process. Enjoy! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
I admit it. I completely lack the patience (and, since I am being honest here, I might as well just say it: skill!) to do detailed drawn decoration on my pots, so I am really awed when I see other potters pulling off intricate imagery. Such was the case when I saw Terri Kern’s work in the November 2010 issue of Ceramics Monthly. Today, I am sharing that recent Ceramics Monthly article so that you can all share my awe.
The bold black and white patterns on Sam Scott’s pots look so precise that you would think he spent hours masking off the surface. But it is really much simpler than that. In today’s post, an excerpt from our free download Five Great Ceramic Glazing Techniques, Sam explains how he makes a splash with poured-on glaze decoration.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
To see how Sam makes this jar, download your free copy of Five Great Ceramic Glazing Techniques!
Texture can be addictive in pottery, and there are an infinite variety of tools that can be used to create texture. Of course, the best texture tools are homemade because you can really make your own mark. In today’s post, Larry Elardo demonstrates how he makes textured boards and uses them to make slab built pottery. I must experiment with this!
When I saw Linda Arbuckle’s article about die cutters in the March 2015 issue of Ceramics Monthly, I remembered how much I want a die cutter! Ever since filming Andrew Gilliatt’s DVD Layers of Color, I have coveted this tool.
In today’s post, an excerpt from the CM article, Linda explains how artists are using die cutters in creative ways in their ceramic work. I’m going to start saving my pennies so I can get one of these awesome tools soon!! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.