Slip trailing is a lovely way to add dimensionality to your work. And it is super simple to prepare your slip from your own clay body. In today’s clip, an excerpt from her DVD Layered Surfaces, Erin Furimsky explains how to prepare slip for slip trailing, plus gives a bunch of tips on how to get the most out of your slip trailer.
I love working with paper stencils and underglazes. There’s something so satisfying about removing the stencil to see your crisp design below. But I haven’t found an easy way to make multiples of more complicated stencils – until now. In today’s post, an excerpt from the November 2012 issue of Ceramics Monthly, Zygote Blum shares how he makes stencils in bulk – 48 or so at a time using a jeweler’s saw and frame and some other basic supplies.
Today, I thought I would share another fantastic layered surface technique from Erin Furimsky’s Layered Surfaces DVD. In this one, she takes ordinary foam craft stamps and puts her own twist on them. Then she combines that look with sgraffito (see finished glazed and fired piece below video!). Gorgeous, as usual. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
Pottery Video of the Week: How to Combine Homemade Customizable Underglaze Transfers With Paper Stencils for a Beautiful Layered Effect
There are many different techniques for doing image transfers on clay and, in today’s video, Erin Furimsky demonstrates one of my favorites. This one allows you to make your own personalized transfer paper, kind of like the rice paper transfers that are available commercially.
In today’s video, an excerpt from Layered Surfaces (which is now shipping!), Erin Furimsky slip trails some patterns on a piece, then paints a couple of layers of different colored underglazes on top. After everything dries to bone dry, she sands and scrapes away at the layers creating an effect similar in appearance to weathered and worn layered paint. And it is gorgeous. Check it out!
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!
In this latest installment of our Studio Visit department, Erin Furimsky shares her personal practice and
insight into her career as a working ceramic artist.
Focus: Pottery and Industry
Most of us in studio ceramics see ourselves as separate from industrial ceramics. The differences are clear; “we” make things by hand and “they” don’t; we make one-of-a-kind objects and they don’t; we make limited, short-run lines of work for a relatively small audience, and they make large production runs for mass consumption. However, I would argue that there are more similarities than differences, and there is a whole lot of middle ground where industry and the studio overlap.
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A Look Into the Studio of Ceramic Sculptor Erin Furimsky, Plus a Reminder About Our Studio Tour Video Contest!
Today, I thought I would send another shout-out about our Studio Tour Video Contest. In case you missed the first announcement, Skutt is providing a brand-new potters wheel as a prize for the potter/sculptor/amateur filmmaker who submits the most creative, fun, and informative video tour of his or her studio space. And to get you in the mood, in today’s post, Erin Furimsky tells us a little about her productive basement studio.