How to Test, Tweak, & Perfect Your Glazes with John Britt
In this all-new Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video, John Britt lets you tap into his encyclopedic knowledge of ceramic glazes to build your own understanding of this complex topic. Starting with glaze testing—because testing is key to understanding raw materials and ceramic processes—John explains various testing methods that will help you get great results quickly. On disc two, John geeks out on materials, diving into the three basic components of a glaze—fluxes, glass formers, and refractories—and how various ceramic materials fit into those categories and work together to produce myriad outcomes. With this video, you’ll be able to deepen your understanding of glaze chemistry and improve your glazes at your own pace.
In this video, Jake Allee demonstrates the various ways he cuts up and alters thrown forms and puts them back together again to make interesting vessels. Throughout the process, Jake explains the design decisions he incorporates to hold the pieces together. In addition, he explains how sketching plays a role in his work, keeping his mind engaged in the creative process.
Using thick slip as a decorative device is an exciting way to retain the appearance of malleability in a finished fired work. In today’s video, Steven Hill demonstrates his slip decoration process, and explains how it informs his glazing process.
In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents Video Series, Jeremy Randall presents the handbuilding and decorating processes he uses to create his vibrant architecturally-inspired vessels. Jeremy uses textures and asymmetry to reference aging industrial and agricultural structures. He explains his tar paper template system-including a bonus feature on using tar paper templates to sketch in three dimensions-which allows a bit of control in form, but also leaves room for alteration.
In today’s post, an excerpt from his DVD Slabs, Templates, Texture, and Terra Sigillata, Jeremy demonstrates the mixing and decanting process for terra sigillata and shares the terra sig recipe he uses. Plus, he demonstrates how to test sig for specific gravity to make sure you get it just right.
Pottery Decorating Video: Using Fiber, Slip and Soft Clay to Make Beautiful Marks on Pottery and Ceramic Sculpture
In this clip, Robin goes over a couple of surface decoration techniques; one involving clay slip and fiber, and the other involving soft clay. As usual, Robin provides an excellent, clear explanation of these nifty little techniques and should inspire you to go directly to your studio at the first opportunity!
Pottery Video of the Week: Combining Stamped Underglaze Decoration with Shellac Resist to Create Gorgeous Layered Surfaces
A few weeks ago, the lovely and talented Erin Furimsky spent a few days here filming a DVD on layered ceramic surfaces, which will be out in July. I was so excited by the techniques that Erin demonstrated, that it was actually a little bit torturous to be behind the camera. I just wanted to race to the studio and start experimenting! Today I am sharing an excerpt from Erin’s DVD in which she combines a shellac-resist technique with stamped-on underglaze imagery. Have a look and then race to your studio to try it out!
On Wednesday, we announced that Kansas City potter Meredith Host was the winner of the Peoples Choice Emerging Artist contest. Lucky Meredith gets a $500 gift certificate from the generous folks at Bailey Ceramic Supplies, who sponsored the contest! And lucky for all you faithful readers out there, we filmed Meredith demonstrating at the Potters Council Workshop Surface + Form a couple of months back. Today, we are sharing that video with you.
In today’s pottery video, an excerpt from the forthcoming DVD New Directions in China Painting, Paul Lewing demonstrates a technique for creating a bamboo painting with a sumi brush.
In today’s video, Rene Murray, a presenter at the upcoming Potters Council Conference Surface + Form, demonstrates her twist on inlaying contrasting clay bodies into one another for graphical surface decoration. One of the things I really liked in Rene’s video was the idea of laying down an picture plain of color before laying down imagery. I just really loved the irregular edges of the plain of color and how it set off the picture. I also loved her spontaneity – something I struggle with in the studio. Hope you like it too! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.