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Cutting and Pasting to Create New Pottery Forms

Posted On April 24, 2015 0 Comments

Shana Salaff prefers to design new forms by cutting and pasting components and playing around until she arrives at a form she likes. Sometimes she even goes back to shapes that she thinks she is too comfortable with and deliberately messes with them to see what happens.

 

This playful approach helped her to develop her “Cut-Rim Plates.” In today’s post, Shana explains how she cuts a wheel-thrown plate into a square and then uses the scraps to create a fresh and interesting rim.–Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Splash Bowls: Throwing and Altering to Create Pots that Mimic Drops of Water

Posted On March 30, 2015 1 Comment

Aysha Peltz’s “Splash Bowls” are inspired by the iconic photograph Milk Drop Coronet, by Doc Edgerton (http://edgerton-digital-collections.org). She was captivated by the “elegance with which the image arrests a moment in time” and realized that the exposure of clay to fire does a similar thing. In today’s post, an excerpt from the April 2015 issue of Ceramics Monthly, Aysha explains how these forms evolved and gives a snapshot of how she creates them. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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How to Make a Flower Brick Out of Entirely Wheel Thrown Parts

Posted On March 23, 2015 2 Comments

Flower bricks have a long history in the ceramic world. Initially, they were the shape and size of bricks laying on their sides and had numerous small holes in the top for flowers. But ceramic artists have played with that shape, and now you can find a in a wide array of shapes and sizes made using all sorts of techniques. Joan Bruneau creates her flower bricks from entirely wheel thrown pieces, right down to the florets and rosettes that decorate the flower grid. In today’s post, an excerpt from the Ceramics Monthly archives, Joan shares her process.

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Practical Trimming Tips and Design Advice for Unified Wheel Thrown Forms

Posted On March 6, 2015 2 Comments

Trimming is a part of the wheel-throwing process that potters either love or hate. Regardless of where you fall on the love/hate scale, today’s video clip from Paul Donnelly should provide some useful information to aid you in the trimming process. In this clip, from his new video Designing for Function: Wheel Throwing, Handbuilding, & Variable Molds, Paul gives some practical tips for better trimming results, as well as some design advice that will help improve your wheel thrown pots.

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Ribbing and Stretching Lively Marks into Thrown and Altered Pottery

Posted On February 27, 2015 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 video Gesture and Form: Throwing and Handbuilding, I have… Read More »
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Support Systems: What it Takes to Make Lightweight Wheel Thrown, Altered, and Assembled Ceramic Sculptures

Posted On February 9, 2015 3 Comments

Making thin, curved walls out of clay requires support throughout the process. In today’s post, Wouter Dam explains how he uses foam swimming pool floats for support during construction, and customized clay supports to get the pieces through the firing.

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Texture from Within: Mixing Coarse Materials into a Smooth Clay Body

Posted On January 28, 2015 15 Comments

Gillian Parke shares her technique for getting a very coarse surface texture from a clay body typically chosen for its creamy smooth consistency.

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Guidelines for Altering Straight-Sided Cylinders

Posted On January 7, 2015 2 Comments

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.

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Two Fun and Simple Ways to Alter the Rims of Wheel Thrown Plates

Posted On January 2, 2015 1 Comment

Altering forms is a great way to put your own personal touch on them. Jennifer Allen started her exploration of altering pots on plates and mug forms.

In today’s post, an excerpt from her new video Darted and Decorated: Techniques for Enhancing Form and Surface, Jen shares two altering techniques for wheel-thrown plates. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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How to Attach a Generous Thrown Knob to a Lid Without Compromising Structure

Posted On December 26, 2014 11 Comments

Sarah Jaeger’s soup tureens have generous, bulbous knobs resembling “onion domes” popular in Russian architecture. They are quite striking and look like they’d be easy to use as well. It can be problematic throwing a knob on a leatherhard lid, especially a large knob and especially with porcelain. There’s always the worry that the lid will give out under the pressure or that the knob will be so heavy it will slump in the kiln. But in today’s post, an excerpt from Throwing, Altering, & Glazing for Function and Beauty, Sarah demonstrates how she makes them and gives tips for avoiding catastrophe!