Want to make quick work of multiple, handbuilt plate forms? Try Styrofoam rings found in most craft supply stores (for wreath making), They’re inexpensive, lightweight, and easy to store.
In today’s post, an excerpt from the February 2015 issue of Ceramics Monthly, Nancy Gallagher explains this great plate-making system. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
After many years of just throwing, I have been doing more and more handbuilding. Part of the reason for is that we made a video with Liz Zlot Summerfield. Not only is it fun to watch the facile way Liz manipulates clay, but her explanations of her processes are excellent. Not to mention the work itself!
In today’s clip, an excerpt from her video Handbuilt Forms with Soft Slabs, Liz shows how to handbuild a simple darted cup with a foot that I absolutely love (and which I jokingly refer to as “the foot that changed my life.”) – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
The Tower of London’s dry moat was recently flooded again, but not with water. This time it was with 888,246 ceramic poppies. Paul Cummins and Tom Piper, with the help of countless volunteers, created the epic installation commemorating those who served and perished in World War One.
For more about this fascinating and moving project, have a look at this excerpt from the February 2015 issue of Ceramics Monthly by Holly Goring. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
Slip, glorious slip. This versatile liquid form of clay can be used in a multitude of different ways to create and embellish ceramic art. One such method involves using colored slips to create a marbleized look on pottery, which is reminiscent of Staffordshire-style English marbled slipware. In today’s post, Michelle Erickson and Robert Hunter demonstrate this process..
Darting pots is yet another thing on my long list of to-dos in the studio. I love the way simple darts can really change the look of a piece and give it personality. In today’s post, an excerpt from the January/February 2015 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, Deb Schwartzkopf provides some tips for altering straight-sided cylinders. Her handy-dandy illustration of what forms are created by different darts is really helpful in visualizing the final result. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
In today’s post, Paul Donnelly takes us through
his handle-making process. It’s a great alternative to pulled handles
because it cuts down on the mess and the drying time, and still makes
lovely, elegant handles. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
Most potters do their very best to avoid cracks in their work. But some deliberately try to create cracking, and the results can be gorgeous. In today’s post, an excerpt from our new Ceramic Arts Handbook Surface Decoration Techniques, Eric Seritella explains how he creates beautifully textured trays by heating and stretching rough slabs of clay. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
Screen printing on pots is definitely a trend these days and one of the main trend setters in this area is Jason Bige Burnett. Jason draws on his background in screen printing and graphic design to create his super fun work.
In today’s post, Jason shows how to transfer a screen printed image to a slab and then turn that slab into a simple plate. An extra cool thing about this clip is that Jason shows how you can hand color various parts of your print in a technique comparable to monoprinting. Have a look! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
NEW VIDEO RELEASE!!
In this new video, Jason Bige Burnett shares his techniques for creating colorful, handbuilt pots with a graphic punch! Combining his background in printmaking and graphic design with his love of clay, Jason begins with an in-depth introduction to screen printing – from how to mix emulsion, to burning a screen in an easy-to-assemble exposure unit at home. Next, he details how to make ordinary ceramic underglazes and engobes suitable for screen printing and then shares his process for screening them onto newsprint for transferring later to clay work. He then demonstrates how he makes a number of handbuilt forms and tops it all off with an explanation of additional decorative techniques he uses in the glazing and post firing process.
Handles can be the bane of a potters existence – at least they are for me a lot of the time. So I am always happy when I learn new ways of approaching them. Today, in an excerpt from Gail Kendall’s new DVD Slab and Coil Building (which debuts today in the Ceramic Arts Daily Bookstore!) Gail shows us three great handle techniques. This DVD was so fun to watch because Gail has such a good sense of what her material can and cannot do. She definitely has me inspired to try her slab/coil techniques – and this clip in particular has cured my “handle block.”