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In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents Video Series, Martha Grover demonstrates how she creates her signature curvy forms from wheel thrown and handbuilt parts. She shows how to make six examples of her elegant forms (plus a bonus project!). In addition, Martha explains her meticulous glazing process.
When Frank James Fisher noticed a bunch of trim scraps at a local home center, his thoughts immediately went to “clay tool.” Today, Frank explains how he has turned these scraps into handy shaping tools for wheel throwing. Next time you’re at a lumberyard, ask for some of the scraps and try them out
In this edition of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video series, Ben Carter shares his methods for integrating surface design with altered wheel-thrown and handbuilt pottery. Referencing pillows, tufted furniture, and quilts, Carter imbues his pots with softness in a variety of ways—from altering freshly thrown pots to create volume, to stretching soft clay into foam slump molds. Using this overfilled aesthetic as a metaphor for the comfort of southern hospitality, he complements the soft forms with slip and underglaze decoration using sgraffito, slip trailing, and painting techniques.
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In this latest video by master potter Adam Field, you’ll learn all the secrets to master strong throwing techniques through a series of demonstrations, as well as how to render beautiful carved surfaces. By the end of the video, you’ll have the knowledge to use these techniques to create your own elegant pots.
Suze Lindsay demonstrates the art of creating pouring vessels. You’ll learn the steps necessary to throw, alter, assemble and decorate an English style jug, handleless creamer, handleless ‘bird’ pitcher, gravy boat and saucer, a large stacked pitcher and a teapot. Suze’s easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions provide details you need to create well-designed, highly functional pots.
In a world that seems to favor the fast and the cheap, it can be difficult to sustain a career as a maker of handmade objects. In fact, I think artists work harder than anyone I know to sustain their careers. Even with a successful exhibition career, a teaching gig, and selling her pots, Molly Hatch struggled with these very issues. Then she got a very intriguing email. The major retailer Anthropologie was interested in partnering with her to produce a line of dinnerware for the store. In today’s post, Molly explains how this turn of events came about and gives advice for other potters hoping to receive similar emails!
Tableware has occupied a special place in our kitchens and dining rooms for thousands of years, and continues to enchant us today. Ranging from the purely functional to the fine and delicate, the evolution of domestic pots tells us much about our changing tastes and habits, and the wider art and cultural movements that have influenced their decoration and forms.
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Throwing, from The New Ceramics series, features clear instructions for creating vessels, accompanied by step-by-step how-to images, which demonstrate the techniques described. It also profiles the work of contemporary potters, for whom throwing is a vital part of their practice. This book is an essential companion for anyone attempting to master the art of forming pots on the wheel.
Because my home studio is tucked into a corner of my basement, and always has been, I dream of a pottery studio with a view. For now I’ll try to stay patient with my view of the washer and dryer, but I can dream that some day I will have a studio with a view – a studio like Billy Lloyd’s studio. Housed in Cockpit Arts in London, England, Billy’s bright and tidy studio has a view of bustling southeast London and the river Thames. Plus, he is surrounded by artists and craftspeople of all disciplines – a constant source of inspiration. In today’s excerpt from the latest studio visit in Ceramics Monthly, Billy explains how he got there and how he makes certain he can stay there.
Love it or hate it, trimming can transform a weighty Earth-bound pot into one that is a pleasure to hold, look at, and use. But it takes some practice to learn the proper consistency for good trimming or how much to take off (we’ve all experienced the horror of trimming through the bottom of a pot we love). In today’s post, Richard Phethean walks through the process of trimming bowls. This thorough guide will help you avoid the pottery trimming blues.