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Multi-hued Murrinis: Working With Colored Clay to Create Vibrant Tactile Pots

Posted On November 25, 2013 31 Comments

Chris Campbell has been working with the colored clay for twenty years and, as she puts it, has not “come close to trying everything I want to do…there always seems to be another question, another idea. It’s just so much fun.” Today Chris joins us to help spread the fun with a simple colored clay project. Even though the project only starts with two different colors of clay, by mixing different proportions of the two colors, and arranging the results in different patterns in a loaf, surprisingly intricate patterns can be developed.

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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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How to Make Agateware Vessels on the Pottery Wheel

Posted On May 20, 2013 20 Comments

In today’s post, an excerpt from the January/February 2010 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, Michelle Erickson and Robert Hunter explain the important considerations potters need to make when making agateware and demonstrate throwing agateware on the pottery wheel.

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You Say Neriage, I Say Nerikomi…No Matter What You Call it, Mixing Colored Clays Makes for Gorgeous Pottery Surfaces

Posted On April 29, 2013 5 Comments

Today Robin Hopper explains the distinction between neriage and nerikomi, as it was explained to him by Thomas Hoadley, a long time colored clay aficionado. He also explains how to create a lovely marbled rim bowl like the one shown at left.

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Using Colored Clay and Etching Techniques to Explore Patterns and Textures on Functional Pottery

Posted On August 6, 2012 4 Comments

Debra Oliva’s work is inspired by a Samurai warrior’s suit of armor, which she saw on a visit to a museum. Impressed by the combinations of grays, blacks, and browns, as well as the patterns, textures, and fine details, Debra knew she had to work these elements into her clay work. She does this by throwing in sections with different colored clays, painstakingly etching surface designs, and adding more color with underglazes and terra sig. In today’s post, an excerpt from the September 2012 issue of Ceramics Monthly (coming soon to a newsstand or mailbox near you!), Debra explains her process.

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Bonus Video: Tips and Techniques for Making your Own Colored Clay

Posted On July 25, 2012 3 Comments

Today I am sharing a clip from Curt Benzle’s DVD Expanding Your Creative Palette with Colored Clay. In this clip, he gives tips on making colored clays from scratch. I have to admit, I haven’t dabbled much in this technique because it seemed like an such an effort to make the colored clay. But, as Curt explains, it is really not that bad, especially if you set yourself up with a segmented plaster drying bat. Easy Peasy! 

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Creating Nerikomi Blocks: Decorating with Colored Clay Patterns

Posted On April 18, 2012 18 Comments

In this feature, Faith Rahill walks us step-by-step through the creation of a colored block of clay that she slices and uses as an inlay pattern on a platter. This is one of those techniques that is simple and straightforward, but requires a lot of attention to detail. Luckily, Faith covers all the bases for us so that we can plan for success. Enjoy!

Curt Benzle explains how to make intricate patterns with colored clay in today's pottery video.

Pottery Video of the Week: Creating Intricate Colored Clay Patterns for Slab Building

Posted On January 6, 2012 0 Comments
  Nerikomi is a technique in which specific images are created in layers within a tube or “log” and then segmented as cross-sections. These image wafers are then used either in slab building or as appliqué.   Curt Benzle has been using the Nerikomi technique to make super thin, intricately patterned works of art for… Read More »