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middeltoninsideout_620 How to Transfer Images to the Inside of a Wheel Thrown Bowls

We have posted a few videos on Ceramic Arts Daily over the years of artists using screen printing techniques on clay in one way or another. But until filming Forrest Lesch-Middelton's DVD Volumetric Image Transfer on Clay, I had never seen anyone screen print on the inside of a wheel thrown bowl. In today's post, an excerpt from the DVD, you'll see the ingenious method Forrest came up with to get his screen-printed imagery onto what he calls his inside-out jars. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

July 25, 2014 6:00 am Published by 6 Comments
transfer_620 Using the Transfer Method to Create Interesting Glaze Patterns on Pottery

As detailed in the direct and stencil approaches shown previously, glaze application methods are as infinite as our imagination. Nearly every item around the studio or house has the potential to be a glaze applicator. It just takes a little imagination to see the potential, and experimenting is key to discovering new ideas. Today, Frank James Fisher will present the transfer method that he uses to create beautiful patterning on his pots.

July 23, 2014 6:53 am Published by 5 Comments
gonzalez620 Coil Building Expressive Ceramic Sculpture

Ceramic sculptor Arthur Gonzalez was trained as a photorealist painter, but grew to dislike the control and predictability of that genre. So it is no surprise that when he discovered ceramics (not exactly known for its predictability!) he became hooked. He explains, "I can instantly materialize a thought and then destroy it if it does not deliver what I need." This immediacy satisfies a love of exploration. In today's post, Arthur explains how he approaches his coil-built figurative clay sculpture. 

July 21, 2014 7:17 am Published by 4 Comments
NaplesHare620 How to Sculpt Mammal Heads in Clay

Last summer, Lisa Naples came to town for a marathon week of filming two DVDs. The first one, Flat to Functional, was launched in March, and I am happy to say her much-anticipated Narrative Animal Sculpture, makes its debut today! As both an animal lover and a clay lover (not to mention a big fan of the lovely Lisa Naples), I really enjoyed this video.

For today's video, I'm sharing a (much condensed) clip in which Lisa demonstrates sculpting a rabbit's head - but as she points out, the process can be applied to all mammals with special attention paid to the unique features of each one. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

July 18, 2014 6:18 am Published by 11 Comments
hopkins620 Building Complex Pottery Forms Simply

Bryan Hopkins jokingly refers to his pots as dysfunctional vessels because of their high loss rate. But he says that just comes with the territory when your goal is to push the material to its limits. In today's post, an excerpt from an upcoming article in Ceramics Monthly, Hopkins explains his process, which includes throwing posts on the wheel, cutting them into slab sections, pressing some of the sections into bisque molds, then putting all back together in interesting constructions.

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whiskeycup_620 How to Throw an Optimally Designed Whiskey Cup

Whiskey bottles are a popular form in a lot of potters' vocabularies - understandably because whiskey is delicious! But you also need a cup to drink the whiskey from and if you're like Matt Schiemann, you put just as much thought into the design of your whisky cups as you do the bottle. In today's post, an excerpt from the July/August 2014 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, Matt explains how he designs his cups to make the whiskey drinking experience optimal! He also shares his glaze and slip recipes! - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

July 7, 2014 6:00 am Published by 1 Comment
click to enlare Creating Interesting Patterns in Pottery with Colored Casting Slip

Slip casting is a facet of ceramics that I am dying to explore. I love the idea of making multiples and exploring different surfaces on them. But I hadn't thought much about the potential for decoration when colorants are added right to the casting slip. That is until Andrew Gilliatt came to town to film a DVD with us. Andrew does great work with colored casting slips and then adds even more surface detail with a variety of resists and decals. In today's post, an excerpt from his new DVD Layers of Color: Exploring Form and Surface Pattern in Slip Cast Pottery, Andrew demonstrates how to incorporating colored slip right into the surface design.

July 4, 2014 6:39 am Published by 3 Comments