Collecting ceramics is more than just owning beautiful objects. It is also about gathering stories, following an artist’s growth, and fueling one’s intellectual curiosity. Dwight Holland, co-founder of the North Carolina Potter’s Conference, has quite a collection: literally thousands and thousands of pots. In today’s post, an excerpt from the October 2015 Ceramics Monthly, Dwight… Read More »
We’re pleased to have gwendolyn yoppolo return (remember her relish server in the Nov/Dec 2007 PMI). gwendolyn has a fascination with food and how we interact with it when it’s prepared and served. Through her diligent study of forms and functions, she creates beautiful handbuilt pieces that are easy to touch, easy to use and easy to look at.
It’s funny that once many potters have mastered throwing beautiful, round pots, they often find themselves wanting to explore some non-round forms. But, of course, it’s great to want to challenge yourself by tackling new forms. There are myriad ways to build non-round forms, but if you love throwing, you’ll probably find that throwing and… Read More »
Today we are bringing back one of our favorite video clips from the CAD video archive. What I love about this DVD is that Sandi presents a wide variety of techniques that can be mixed and matched and turned into an endless variety of forms. Her message to viewers is to always ask the question… Read More »
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… Read More »
NEW VIDEO RELEASE!
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!