There's a lot more to the extruder than making strap handles. With a multitude of commercial dies or custom homemade dies, the only limit is the imagination. In today's post, an excerpt from his brand new DVD The Extruder Video: Making the Most Out of Your Clay Extruder, Daryl Baird shows how he dresses up an ordinary extruded tray with trim made from a custom credit card die.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
Getting the perfect surface on your clay pieces is often a combination of choosing the right materials, smart timing of tasks, and knowing which is the best tool for the job. In today's post, John Dadmun shows how to make a low-tech sanding tool to help with at least one part of that equation- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
In today's post, an excerpt from the November/December 2011 Pottery Making Illustrated, Courtney Murphy explains how she combines underglaze decoration over a majolica glaze to create her delightfully simple illustrations. She also throws in a couple of recipes!
A triaxial blend is an excellent tool for learning about glazes and materials but if you're new to glaze testing, just the words "triaxial blend" might give you pause.
Never fear! John Britt is here to demystify the triaxial blend in today's video post. In this clip John clearly explains how a triaxial blend is set up and shows a fired example of a triaxial blend with stains, which nails the point home. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
Wheel throwing plates can be one of the more challenging pottery techniques. It's contrary to what you might think since they're flat after all, but trying to center a large, wide mound of clay can be a bear. In today's video, an excerpt from his new DVD Precise Imprecision: Strengthening Throwing Skills to Create Dynamic Functional Pottery, Mike Jabbur gives one of the best plate throwing demonstrations I have seen. In addition to clearly explaining all the tricks to making a traditional round plate form, Mike adds his own touch at the end, altering the plate to create some nice movement. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
It is a lot of fun to use pots to tell stories. It can be even more fun to not only tell a story on the form, but to work the form right into the narrative. That's just what Courtney Long does with her spouted batter bowls with a puffy cloud-shaped handle and playful slip decoration. In today's post, she shares how she makes these wheel through pots. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
PS. You can see Courtney's decorating process in the May/June 2014 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated.
If you have ever experienced using a tried and true glaze in one firing and had the exact same glaze come out completely differently in a later firing. There are lots of different reasons why this could happen, but a common one is that the glaze density was not consistent from one glazing session to the next. In today's post, an excerpt from her new DVD Flat to Functional: Handbuilding and Slip Decorating, Lisa Naples gives some great tips for making sure your glaze results are consistent.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
Fixing a clogged drain is hard work and expensive. Making a drain trap is easier and cheaper than you might think. In today's post, an excerpt from the April 2014 issue of Ceramics Monthly, Raquel and Dan Sobel explain how to make a clay trap from inexpensive and readily available materials. Give it a try in your own studio. It could save you a lot of trouble.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
Sometimes the glazes we use are good for one purpose, but not so good for another. A glaze might perform well when dipping or pouring, but dry so quickly when brushed the it's nearly impossible to get an even coat. Glaze additives are the secret ingredients that can help remedy these problems. In today's post, from the PMI archives, our own Jessica Knapp puts additives to the test. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
p.s.-This article appeared in the November/December 2011 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated. To buy this back issue in PDF format, click here!
Daryl Baird's Extruder Book has just been revised and re-released, this time with 19 great how-to projects from beginning to end (including beautiful color photographs of the process and the finished pieces!) In today's post, I thought I would share one of those projects: a casserole dish that combines slabs and extrusions. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
PS: Coming soon…The Extruder DVD! Stay tuned!