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Tagged:  Handbuilding Techniques




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Tips from the Pros: How to Get a Handle on Handles

Posted On December 10, 2014 31 Comments

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.

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Heating and Stretching Slabs to Create Organic Texture

Posted On December 8, 2014 1 Comment

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.

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Screen Printing and Mono Printing Techniques on a Simple Handbuilt Plate

Posted On November 21, 2014 4 Comments

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.

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The Graphic Pot: Handbuilding & Surface Techniques

Posted On November 20, 2014 Comments Off

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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.

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Pottery Video of the Week: How to Make Three Cool Handbuilt Handles with Coils and Slabs

Posted On November 14, 2014 8 Comments

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.” 

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Making and Decorating for Surface Depth with Lisa Orr

Posted On October 17, 2014 Comments Off

NEW VIDEO RELEASE!

In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video series, Lisa Orr divulges the secrets of creating her expressive pots and sumptuous oozy surfaces. Lisa starts out with the building blocks of her forms—handmade sprig molds for embellishing, custom bisque molds for forming, and thick trailed slips as both structural and decorative elements—and then she uses them to construct and decorate four of her signature forms. She tops it all off with her glazing process, detailing how she creates her vibrant, multi-colored surfaces.

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What a Relief: Make a Great Impression with Slab-built Ceramic Wall Art

Posted On October 13, 2014 44 Comments

Where do you find inspiration for your art? For some it is in nature, for some inspiration lies in the work of a favorite artist, for others, it can be found in their friends or family. But inspiration doesn’t always have to come from things traditionally thought of as beautiful or profound. As ceramic artist David Gamble demonstrates, mundane objects can serve as inspiration too. All you have to do is look around with an open mind. Today, we’ll show you how David turned manhole covers and sewer grates into wall-worthy art. Plus, we’ll show you a great way to hang wall tiles. Enjoy!

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Puffy Pots: How to Use Double Walled Construction to Give Your Pottery Volume

Posted On October 6, 2014 13 Comments

Chris Pickett’s puffy forms reference stuffed
animals and inflatable toys and the visible seams give the work a casual
and relaxed feel. Chris creates his inflated forms through
double walled construction using slump molds and paper patterns. In
today’s post, Chris takes us through this fun way of working.

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How to Make a Comfortable Slab-Built Handle

Posted On October 3, 2014 4 Comments

In today’s post, Lisa Naples shares her technique for making a slab-built handle for a cream pitcher. I love this handle because it is an interesting shape that complements her slab-built pitcher really well, and because, just by looking at it, you can tell it is comfortable. Have a look! Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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How to Create an Ornamental Yet Functional Handle

Posted On September 26, 2014 0 Comments

Handles are something I struggled with for a long time. Once I started to get my handles the way I wanted, I realized that my pieces as a whole looked better. Another example of how paying attention to all the details in a piece can make a world of difference.

 

In today’s video, Martha Grover shows how she “fancys” up a pulled handle to make it look perfect (and function well) on one of her elegant butter boxes. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.