If you’ve been stuck in the studio lately, the latest DVD in our Ceramic Arts Daily Presents DVD series might be the ticket to get you unstuck. In today’s excerpt from What if? Explorations with Texture and Soft Slabs, Sandi Pierantozzi demonstrates making a tripod pot, a simple, yet elegant, vessel.
The growler (jugs used to transport draft beer) trend is huge. In the last couple of years, two or three beverage establishments specifically focused on growlers have opened in my little neighborhood. Most growlers are made of glass, but the Portland Growler Company (PGC) is doing its part to get handmade ceramic growlers into the hands of beer aficionados. In today’s post, our own Forrest Gard shares the story of the PGC and explains the benefits of their sweet ceramic growlers. I thought it was a fun post for a day that often involves imbibing on some sort of alcoholic beverage! Enjoy…and celebrate responsibly! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
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In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video series, Lisa Orr divulges the secrets of creating her expressive pots and sumptuous oozy surfaces. Lisa starts out with the building blocks of her forms—handmade sprig molds for embellishing, custom bisque molds for forming, and thick trailed slips as both structural and decorative elements—and then she uses them to construct and decorate four of her signature forms. She tops it all off with her glazing process, detailing how she creates her vibrant, multi-colored surfaces.
Do you even know any potters who don’t cook? Wouldn’t it be great if there were a pottery design, technique, and glaze recipe book put together with a food recipe book? Well now there is! Each chapter includes an overview of the type of ware being discussed, design considerations, projects for making pots, and of course, recipes to cook in them! This book is truly a one-of-a-kind experience.
It is a misconception to think that plates are easy to make because the challenge of achieving height isn’t there. But plates can be tricky. Issues of warping and cracking can be common if you don’t know what you’re doing. So, we’ve gathered four talented artists to demonstrate how they approach making plates.
Plates require more clay that a lot of other forms and Adam Field starts off with great tips on how to set the clay up right from the beginning to make your job easier. Throughout the demo, Adam discusses structural considerations that he takes to make his plates function as beautifully as they look. In addition he shares some nifty tips on some improvised tools he uses from items that most of us would just throw away. Rather than decorating the center part of his plate, Adam Field chooses to decorate the rim with his carving and shares the secrets to setting up his intricate repeating patterns.
If you’d like to make a large platter that isn’t round, using a slab and a slump mold can be just the ticket. Ben Carter makes this mold with insulating foam board, and creates a lovely undulating rim with sewn fabric pouches. Next Ben shares how he decorates the platter with slip, underglaze, and sgraffito, discussing subtle details like placement of motifs to move the eye around the composition to contrasting shiny surfaces with matt. Watching these techniques it is easy to imagine different ways to personalize them – the sky’s the limit!
In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video series, Nick Joerling shares his techniques for combining handbuilding and wheel throwing to make his signature animated pottery. Enamored with marks and gestures that can only be made on a spinning wheel, Nick begins the video — as well as most of his work — on the potters wheel. He then switches to the table top so he can stretch the clay further into forms that are imbued with sensuality, life, and humor. In addition, he explains his glazing and decorating process and shares glaze recipes in the bonus features. Along the way, he shares tips, techniques, as well as aesthetic insights for creating functional pottery that engages the imagination.
In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video series, Liz Zlot Summerfield demonstrates her techniques for making handbuilt functional pottery with soft slabs and energetic surfaces. Liz explains how to develop interesting forms and the how to effectively use various materials to develop a creative look and feel for the surface. You’ll enjoy the easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions geared to clay lovers at every skill level.