The cereal bowl selection at my house consists mainly of all of my reject bowls from over the years. It’s a motley crew of old, wonky pieces that make me want to reach for the nearest sledgehammer every time I open the cupboard. So I am on a mission: to replace them with more recent work that is finally feeling a bit more resolved and successful. So since I am bowl obsessed, I thought I would share an inspirational bowl video. In this clip, an excerpt from her DVD Creating Curves with Clay (which is now available ad a digital download!), Martha Grover demonstrates how she dresses up a basic ice cream or cereal bowl with curves inspired by orchids and flowing dresses. Enjoy!
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.
From decorative handles to functional spouts, attachments are featured in much of Martha Grover’s pottery. Since she works in porcelain, she has to be extra careful to make sure her attachments are stuck on tight. What she came up with to alleviate attachment headaches is a super sticky joining slip made of paper clay and vinegar. In today’s excerpt from her new DVD Creating Curves with Clay (which is on SALE this weekend!), Martha shows us how she makes her joining slip and attaches a handle. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
In today’s post, Martha explains that her glazed surfaces, which are often mistaken for soda-fired, are actually achieved through spraying on layers of various cone 10 glazes.
Potters Council Advisory Board member Lyndsay Meiklem, shares her second installment, Inspired with Instagram, of how she uses social media to further her ceramic business. We encourage you to read her article and challenge yourself to try one of her recommendations.
I’ve been making a lot of bowls lately, but I am feeling like I need to change things up with them. I am happy with the surface, now I just need to work on the form. For some inspiration, I decided to revisit one of Martha Grover’s serving bowl projects on her DVD Creating Curves with Clay. Today, I thought I would share it on CAD because it is such a lovely piece. Perhaps it will help you take your bowls in a new direction. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents Video Series, Martha Grover demonstrates how she creates her signature curvy forms from wheel thrown and handbuilt parts. She shows how to make six examples of her elegant forms (plus a bonus project!). In addition, Martha explains her meticulous glazing process.
Theme: Functional Tableware
Remember the rule about form following function? Well, here’s an issue that really illustrates that your forms can be highly creative and still get the job done. Annie Chrietzberg writes about Paul Donnelly’s excellent cup and saucer combinations in our featured project for this issue, and she’s joined by other equally creative takes on the idea of functional creative forms. Martha Grover demonstrates how to make a stunning lidded form, and Joan Bruneau and Arthur Halvorsen provide two entirely different takes on ways on making exciting flower holders. You’ll enjoy all four projects and much more in this issue.
Focus: Emerging Artists
This year, Ceramics Monthly received a record number of submissions to our Emerging Artists competition. We take that, as well as the high level of quality work submitted as a good sign that the field of studio ceramics is thriving. We are sure you will see the promise these artists bring not only to ceramics but to the world of creative endeavors as a whole.