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Narrative Animal Sculpture with Lisa Naples

Posted On August 11, 2014 Comments Off

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In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents Video Series, Lisa Naples shares her insights and techniques on sculpting animals in clay to tell stories. She begins with a mixed media project, explaining not only the ins and outs of sculpting convincing mammal forms in clay, but also the technical issues of building clay pieces to successfully mesh with non clay materials. She also explores the process of pairing animal parts with pottery forms, creating a sculptural bird vase. In addition, Lisa shows how to make the figures come alive through her fabulous brush work and dry-brush slip application.

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Pottery Video of the Week: A Super Easy Way to Get the Pulled Handle Look Without Pulling the Handle

Posted On August 8, 2014 7 Comments

Sandi Pierantozzi demonstrates a couple of variations on her flat pulling handle technique in today’s excerpt from her DVD, which is now available as a digital download! Enjoy!

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Building Complex Pottery Forms Simply

Posted On July 16, 2014 6 Comments

Bryan Hopkins jokingly refers to his pots as dysfunctional vessels because of their high loss rate. But he says that just comes with the territory when your goal is to push the material to its limits. In today’s post, an excerpt from an upcoming article in Ceramics Monthly, Hopkins explains his process, which includes throwing posts on the wheel, cutting them into slab sections, pressing some of the sections into bisque molds, then putting all back together in interesting constructions.

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Simple Sets: Making and Using Templates for Uniform Handbuilt Bowls

Posted On June 22, 2014 10 Comments

In today’s post, an excerpt from his book From a Slab of Clay, Daryl Baird explains how to make templates and use them to create slab-built bowls. A great benefit of this is that if you make them with a sturdy material like card stock or laminated paper, you can use them over and over.

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Ribbing and Stretching Lively Marks into Thrown and Altered Pottery

Posted On June 13, 2014 2 Comments
Nick Joerling likes to make pots that are “active in the mind and imagination.” He achieves this goal by making gestural marks with simple tools on the wheel and then stretching and bending the clay to enhance those marks. In today’s post, an excerpt from his brand new video Gesture and Form: Throwing and Handbuilding,… Read More »
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Gesture and Form: Wheel Throwing and Handbuilding

Posted On June 12, 2014 0 Comments
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.
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Jerilyn Virden’s Double Walled Sculpture Process

Posted On June 11, 2014 21 Comments

In today’s post, Jerilyn explains how she uses double-walled construction to create the beautiful forms shown here. She also shares her firing schedule.

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Making a Tray for a Non Round Form

Posted On June 6, 2014 1 Comment
Marty Fielding enjoys making nonround angular forms, but is a wheel thrower at heart. So, rather than building from the ground up with slabs, Marty makes the walls of his pieces on the wheel then cuts them up and assembles them to get the pots he wants. In today’s post, an excerpt from his DVD Hybrid Pottery: Throwing, Altering, Assembling, Marty shows how he makes cool trays for his diamond-shaped oil bottles. Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
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How to Make an Address Sign with Slabs and Extrusions

Posted On May 28, 2014 1 Comment
Address signs are fun to make as housewarming gifts for friends and family, or to put your own personal stamp on your own house. In today’s post, an excerpt from The Extruder Book, Daryl Baird shows how to make a lovely address sign with extruded parts. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.     Recently, a friend asked… Read More »
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Making Music with Clay: How to Make a Ceramic Whistle Flute

Posted On May 21, 2014 17 Comments

Today’s post combines two great things: clay and music. In an excerpt from Barry Hall’s From Mud to Music, you’ll learn how to make a clay whistle flute step by step.