It’s one thing to serve punch from a handmade ceramic punch bowl, but throw a handmade ceramic ladle in there, and you’ve reached a whole new level of cool.
In today’s post, an excerpt from her DVD Integrating Form and Surface with Porcelain, Lorna Meaden shares her method for making a wheel thrown and handbuilt ladle. She also shares her tips on how to fire such a piece. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
NEW RELEASE - COMPILATION DVD!
If you’re looking for ways to make your pots stand out from the crowd, take a look at what the experts do. In this new compilation video from Ceramic Arts Daily Presents, four talented artists take it up a notch by demonstrating how to make signature vessels using advanced spout and handle forming techniques. Recorded in an easy-to-follow step-by-step format, featured artists Marty Fielding, Suze Lindsay, Mike Jabbur and Lorna Meaden lead you through their techniques for creating a truly unique projects — pitcher, ewer, teapot and watering can.
Lorna Meaden considers all the details when designing a new form. That’s why when she came up with a new mug form recently, she decided to carry her mishima decoration around the corner of the rim to the inside of the pot. But this decoration didn’t start in the decorating phase. Paying attention to every detail, Lorna decided that it would make more of a visual impact to throw an interior ridge where the mishima decoration would stop and a different glaze would take over – a beautiful touch that makes for a successful form. In this video, an excerpt from her DVD Integrating Form & Surface with Porcelain, she shows us the cool trick she came up with to make the ridge.
In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents Video Series, Lorna Meaden presents her techniques for elegant wheel-thrown pottery that is equally utilitarian and decorative. By carefully considering every detail, Lorna demonstrates how to successfully integrate surface decoration with a form to make a cohesive whole. In this DVD, you’ll enjoy her demonstrations of creating a range of forms, tips for working with porcelain, and the details of her signature decorating technique.
Most master potters have at least one signature piece or technique that they are known for. These signature pieces embody years of study, practice, and refinement, and demos of these pieces are often requested by workshop attendees. That’s why we decided to start a new series of CAD videos that focuses on in-depth demonstrations of the signature forms of well respected and talented ceramic artists. I’m happy to launch that series today with the release of three “Signature Series” downloadable videos: Lorna Meaden’s Watering Can; Suze Lindsay’s Ewer; and Mike Jabbur’s Teapot. These shorter downloads will be great for folks who are working on developing a form, need a little more insight or inspiration on that form, but don’t necessarily want a full-length DVD. For today’s video, I have excerpted a bit from Lorna’s Watering Can video in which she explains a trick she came up with to make handbuilding with thin porcelain slabs easier.
I just added latex resist to my ever expanding studio supplies shopping list. And when you watch today’s video, you’ll see why. In the video, an excerpt from her new DVD Integrating Surface and Form with Porcelain (which ships Monday!), Lorna Meaden takes us through the process of glazing one of her jester tumblers. To enhance the slip inlay jester pattern, Lorna uses latex resist to alternate flashing slip and celadon glaze. Super cool.
As a huge fan of Lorna Meaden’s work, today I am excited to share a preview of her new DVD Integrating Form and Surface with Porcelain. If you’re also a fan, this DVD is chock full of techniques and tips for making work that successfully merges surface decoration with form – a feat that takes careful consideration and lots of practice. No matter what Lorna says, I’d call the bowl she is throwing in this clip a large bowl, rather than a medium sized bowl – especially since it is porcelain. But as she points out, it took 25 years to be able to call this bowl medium sized.
A couple of months ago, potter Lorna Meaden came to to town to film a DVD. Post production is in full swing on that DVD now, and it’s looking like it will make its debut towards the end of July. To help whet your appetite, I thought I would share this article from Ceramics Monthly a couple years back. Lorna’s pots have a lovely combination of elegant ornamentation with more jovial elements such as the harlequin-esque decoration or her chop mark – a casual “Lorn.” Read one to learn more about Lorna’s motivations and influences!
Interested in checking out past presenters who have shared their ideas and techniques with Potters Council members? This list includes presenters in video sharing their techniques or sharing their ideas within an online article. You’ll find everything from handbuilding to throwing and so much more.
Today, in a excerpt from the March 2011 issue of Ceramics Monthly, Lorna gives us a peek into her 650-square-foot studio and tells us all about how she made it a reality. She also explains that the key to
keeping herself creatively charged is to balance her studio life with her life outside the studio.