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Working with Homemade Tools and Bisque Molds to Create Texture on the Inside of a Bowl

Posted On May 21, 2015 0 Comments

What’s not to love about texture and clay? After all, it’s clay’s wonderful malleability that got us all hooked in the first place. And textured clay can work so well with glaze. In today’s post, an excerpt from her new video Low Tech Clay: High End Results, Kari Radasch shares a simple technique for creating texture on the inside of a bowl by using an easy-to-make tool and a bisque hump mold. An added bonus of this technique is that, because your mold is a hump mold, you can attach the foot right away so everything can dry at the same time, thus avoiding cracks! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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How to Handbuild a Stacked Dish Using Bisque Hump Molds

Posted On May 8, 2015 2 Comments

Combining multiple bisque molds to create stacked pots is a really fun way to explore form. A bonus is that you can stack the molds themselves before you even start on a piece to test out which forms work and which don’t. And once you have a good collection of molds in your arsenal, the possibilities for stacked combinations are practically limitless. Kari Radasch loves this way of working because it keeps her from getting bored in the studio, and it is a relatively quick way to work (good for a busy mom of two young children). In today’s post, an excerpt from her brand new video Low-Tech Clay: High End Results, Kari demonstrates one of her stacked dishes.

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How to Incorporate Colored Clay into Delicate Pinched Coil Vases

Posted On May 6, 2015 30 Comments

With their delicate undulating rims, Cheryl Malone’s seemingly paper-thin vases bear a striking resemblance to flower petals. No surprise since Cheryl is inspired by the growth patterns of plants and their similarities to the coil building process. To pull off such petal thin work through the coil/pinch process takes practice, and in an excerpt from our new release Handbuiling Techniques, Cheryl shares her secrets to making it happen. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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How to Make an Interesting Recessed Foot on a Mug

Posted On April 24, 2015 3 Comments

If you are someone who likes to combine throwing and handbuilding to make interesting forms, today’s video is for you. In this clip from Deborah Schwartzkopf’s Pieces and Patterns: Complex Forms from Handbuilt and Wheel-Thrown Parts, she demonstrates how she makes the super cool bottoms of her cup forms with a slab and a bisque fired mold. She then skillfully attaches the base to a bottomless wheel-thrown cylinder, which she then darts and alters to make the shape just right. The best part about this is that once you make the bisque mold for the recessed foot, you can repeat it over and over again! 

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The Drop-Technique: How to Make Softly Textured Tiles

Posted On April 17, 2015 7 Comments

Lana Wilson is known for her textured surfaces and she has some pretty fun ways of coming up with said texture. Take for example her “drop technique tiles.” Looking at these, it is a little bit difficult to figure out exactly how the soft-edged texture was created. The good thing is, in today’s post, an excerpt from her new DVD Handbuilding with Color and Texture, Lana demonstrates this unusual technique!– Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Lose Weight, Get Strong: Put Your Ceramic Work on the Paper Clay Diet

Posted On April 15, 2015 9 Comments

Paper clay improves joining capabilities and decreases warping and shrinkage, all the while reducing the heft of the work. This makes it ideal for building complex or delicate ceramic sculpture. Ceramic artist Lisa Merida-Paytes extols the virtues of paper clay in the upcoming issue of Pottery Making Illustrated and today we’re giving you a preview of that article.

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How to Make a Slab Vase with Inlaid Sprigs

Posted On April 6, 2015 0 Comments

Sprigging is a great way to add low relief texture onto pottery forms. But putting sprigs on top of a surface is just one thing you can do with sprigs. What about putting sprigs INTO a surface? In today’s post, and excerpt from the completely revised and expanded Electric Kiln Ceramics, Frederick Bartolovic explains how you can roll sprigs right into slabs of a different colored clay body (you can color clay with mason stains, or use two different clay bodies) for a completely different sprigged effect.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Tips for Making a Large Oval Platter Using a Custom Slump Mold

Posted On March 27, 2015 0 Comments

Slump molds are great for making plates since you can just drop the slab into the mold and not worry about it shrinking around it. They are even better when they are your own homemade mold. In today’s post, an excerpt from Platters: Four Approaches to Making and Decorating Plates, Ben Carter shares some tips on using an easy-to-make slump mold to make a large oval platter.

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Tips for Making Graceful and Refined Handles Without Much Pulling

Posted On March 20, 2015 1 Comment

Pulling handles can be a challenging skill to master. It can be a little intimidating to try to pull them directly off the pot, but trying to transfer a handle to a pot after pulling it separately is also a challenge.

 

That’s why I really liked Paul Donnelly’s approach to handle making. Paul does very little pulling and does most of the shaping ahead of time. Then he lets the handles sit flat overnight. A little water rehydrates them the next day and they are ready for attaching. All of this helps Paul to make very tight, refined handles. Have a look at this excerpt from his new video! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Pottery Video of the Week: How to Design and Make a Stiff Slab Vase

Posted On March 13, 2015 4 Comments

In today’s video clip, an excerpt from our latest DVD project, Clay Projects and Fundamentals: A Resource for Aspiring Clay Artists and Teachers, Neil Patterson demonstrates a stiff slab vase project. He also gives great tips for working with paper to come up with interesting designs.