Potters and ceramic artists are very open minded when it comes to their tools. The general rule of thumb seems to be, if it’s not nailed down, test it out as a pottery tool – actually, even the nailed-down things have probably been considered. So when Frank James Fisher noticed a bunch of trim scraps… Read More »
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.
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.
To many of us, surface texture is an afterthought. We throw or handbuild our pottery and then stamp, scratch or carve texture into the surface. And while we have an idea of how we would like the texture to work with our pot’s design, the two parts of the process (design/construction and surface decoration/finishing techniques)… Read More »
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 »
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 –… Read More »
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… Read More »
How many times have you tried to eyeball making evenly spaced decorations around a piece of round pottery and misjudged the spacing? I have done this more times than I care to admit. So unnecessary, especially when potters like Sylvia Shirley share tips on handy devices like the one below. Sylvia’s dividing web will make… Read More »
If there’s one thing I have learned in my time here as editor of Ceramic Arts Daily, it’s that our readers never seem to tire of learning about decorative techniques for the clay surface. And neither do I. That’s why we decided to make a free download available about some of the most popular ceramic… Read More »
Greetings and, once again, happy new year to you all! We’re back in the office after a nice little holiday break feeling renewed and refreshed. Hopefully you’re feeling the same way. To help you carry a little of that refreshment into the studio, today we are launching another cool free gift: Ceramic Carving Tool Techniques:… Read More »