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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

Cover photo of Ceramic Transfer Printing Co-published by A & C Black and the Ceramic Publications Company

Ceramic Transfer Printing

Posted On November 10, 2012 0 Comments

Drawing on more than twenty years of experience, Kevin Petrie offers a focused analysis of the potential of ceramic transfer printing as a creative medium. He traces the history of the subject and explains the
distinctive visual qualities of a range of transfer printing methods. The materials and techniques for making versatile screen-printed ceramic transfers are explained from the ‘low tech’ to the more sophisticated. Other approaches by artist researchers are also brought together and recent developments with digital transfers appraised. A range of case studies shows the potential and diversity of approaches in this area,
which extends beyond ceramics to also include enamel on metal and glass.

Lorna Meaden DVD Cover

Integrating Form & Surface with Porcelain

Posted On October 30, 2012 Comments Off on Integrating Form & Surface with Porcelain

In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents Video Series, Lorna Meaden presents her techniques for elegant wheel-thrown pottery that is equally utilitarian and decorative. By carefully considering every detail, Lorna demonstrates how to successfully integrate surface decoration with a form to make a cohesive whole. In this DVD, you’ll enjoy her demonstrations of creating a range of forms, tips for working with porcelain, and the details of her signature decorating technique.


Designing With Texture: Using Textured Plaster Slabs to Incorporate Surface Detail into Pottery in the Design Stage

Posted On October 12, 2011 25 Comments

Today potter Dan Gegen explains how he begins working with texture
before the construction process even begins, and therefore makes it
integral to the design of the pot.
He also shares the glaze recipe for the lovely celadon-esque glaze featured on the pot to the left.


7 Useful Tips, Tools, and Techniques for the Ceramic Studio

Posted On December 15, 2010 30 Comments
I’ve said it before and I will say it again, potters and ceramic artists are some of the most resourceful people around. I am continually impressed by the myriad tools and studio shortcuts that members of our community come up with to make their lives more efficient. It’s been a while since I have shared… Read More »
Cristine Boyd demonstrates using her homemade sgraffito tools.

A Simple Way to Make Your Own Super Sharp Sgraffito Tools

Posted On September 24, 2010 52 Comments

Today we are presenting one of the Honorable Mentions from our recent D.I.Y. Clay Tools Video Contest. This one comes from Cristine Boyd in Denver, Colorado. Cristine was having trouble finding a nice, sharp, affordable sgraffito tool that retained its sharpness so she took matters into her own hands. She discovered that spring steel – the stuff that is in metal tape measures – is the perfect material for sgraffito carving blades. Watch the video to see how she does it!


Pottery Decorating Video: Inexpensive Homemade Pottery Tool Makes Even Decoration a Cinch

Posted On June 11, 2010 22 Comments

On Monday of this week, I shared a great tip for a measuring device called a Dividing Web. This tool is quite handy for making precise repeated decoration all the way around a pot. So I thought I would follow up with a video of another great tool for dividing round pots up into equal segments. You’ll especially find this one convenient if you are a coffee drinker or enjoy a cocktail every now and again. Watch the video!

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The Dividing Web: A Handy Tool for Making Evenly Spaced Patterns All the Way Around a Piece of Pottery

Posted On June 7, 2010 16 Comments

This handy guide makes it easy to divide the surface of any round pot into as many as twelve equal sections. Whether you’re decorating, darting, paddling or attaching handles and spouts, you’ll want to keep a few of these around the studio.

Fig.4 Place the platter on a foam rubber chuck on the wheel and create the center spiral as the wheel turns.

Scratching the Surface: A Guide to Sgraffito

Posted On May 10, 2010 10 Comments

Three Great Pottery Decorating Techniques: A Guide to Sgraffito, How to Make and Use Terra Sigillata, and Creating and Coloring Highly Textured Surfaces is available today, and to give you a taste of what you’ll find inside, I am posting an excerpt about sgraffito. In it, Wayne Bates shares some great insights into this fun technique.


How to Carve Low-Relief Surface Designs into Wet Clay

Posted On January 4, 2010 23 Comments

Today we are launching another cool free gift: Ceramic Carving Tool Techniques: Bringing the Ceramic Surface to Life. This one is all about carving into clay and the best tools and techniques for doing so. In today’s post, an excerpt from our new download, potter Ann Ruel gives us the ins and outs of carving low relief designs into wet clay.