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The Lisa Naples Collection

Posted On November 11, 2015 Comments Off on The Lisa Naples Collection
  Purchase The Lisa Naples DVD Collection – $99 FREE SHIPPING when you order the DVDs online! (Applies to US Orders Only) (Original list price for combo: $119.94)   Purchase The Lisa Naples Video Download Collection- $79   |     The Best of Both Worlds!   Whether you are a potter interested in expanding… Read More »
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A Ceramics Collector Plans to Donate his Collection of Pottery as a Teaching Tool

Posted On October 28, 2015 1 Comment
Dwight Holland’s Generous Gift of Functional Pottery 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… Read More »

How to Make a Lively Thrown and Altered Teapot on the Pottery Wheel

Posted On August 10, 2015 16 Comments

There are myriad ways to build non-round forms, but if you love
throwing, you’ll probably find that throwing and altering works best
for you. In today’s post, Cheri Glaser demonstrates a lively
squared-off teapot project. Not only does she cover throwing and
altering forms, but she also shares some other neat techniques, like
her thrown slab bottoms and pulled spouts.


Handbuilding Video: How to Make a Textured Tripod Pot with Soft Slabs

Posted On February 6, 2015 47 Comments

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.


Clay Growlers for Ceramophiles!

Posted On December 31, 2014 2 Comments

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.


Making and Decorating for Surface Depth with Lisa Orr

Posted On October 17, 2014 Comments Off on Making and Decorating for Surface Depth with Lisa Orr


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.


In the Potter’s Kitchen

Posted On September 23, 2014 Comments Off on In the Potter’s Kitchen


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.


Platters: Four Approaches to Making and Decorating Plates

Posted On September 19, 2014 0 Comments

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.


Throwing and Decorating a Platter with Adam Field

Posted On September 18, 2014 0 Comments

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.

Handbuilding and Decorating a Platter with Ben Carter

Posted On September 18, 2014 Comments Off on Handbuilding and Decorating a Platter with Ben Carter

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!