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Tagged:  Handbuilding Techniques




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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.

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Sketching in Clay to Come up With Beautiful and Interesting Handbuilt Forms

Posted On May 16, 2014 10 Comments
When learning to hand build, one of the biggest challenges can be staring at that slab or lump of clay and envisioning an interesting form. That “blank canvas” can be pretty intimidating. So I absolutely love the “clay sketching” exercise Liz Zlot Summerfield shares in her new DVD Handbuilt Forms with Soft Slabs: Developing Ideas,… Read More »
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Handbuilt Forms with Soft Slabs

Posted On May 15, 2014 0 Comments

NEW RELEASE!!

In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video series, Liz Zlot Summerfield demonstrates her techniques for making handbuilt functional pottery with soft slabs and energetic surfaces. Liz explains how to develop interesting forms and the how to effectively use various materials to develop a creative look and feel for the surface. You’ll enjoy the easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions geared to clay lovers at every skill level.

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Tips for Darting Wheel Thrown Forms and Pulling Handles off the Pot

Posted On April 25, 2014 1 Comment

I have not done much darting in my work, and the times that I have, haven’t really been too successful. I think it’s because I have been to wimpy with my darts. In today’s video, Suze Lindsay walks through her darting process on a gravy boat, and explains that in order to be really successful with darting, you have to get over your fears of cutting too much. Plus, she shows how she pulls a handle off the pot. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.