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fieldcup_620 Carving with Care: How to Carve Exquisite Patterns on a Mug

There is something about carving into leatherhard clay that is so satisfying. It's probably why trimming pots is my favorite part of throwing. But using carving as a decorative tool is something I have never really explored. Until now, that is. After seeing Adam Field work, I am eager to give it a try. And after editing Adam's DVD, Precision Throwing, Intricate Carving, which debuts today, I am equipped with a lot more knowledge on how to do it successfully! In today's post, I'm giving you a taste of Adam's technique and the DVD. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor. PS. Adam demonstrates how he makes his Korean-style carving tools on his new DVD! 

October 24, 2014 4:16 am Published by 12 Comments
WILKEY_620 Making Lidded Jars That Work Together Like a Happy Marriage

I haven't made a jar in a while and when I saw Bill Wilkey's article in the November December 2014 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, I remembered how much I enjoy making them. It is a fun exercise to make two-part pieces and find ways to make the components hang together visually.

 

Bill's jars do this perfectly. From the soft squaring off of both the jar and lid, to the slightly arching rim that echoes the arches on the feet of the jar, every detail is considered to make a cohesive whole. In today's post, Bill walks us through his jar-making process.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

 

PS. To see Bill's decorating technique, check out the November/December 2014 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated!

October 22, 2014 5:58 am Published by Leave your thoughts
chung_620 Sam Chung’s Wheel Throwing and Altering Process

When Sam Chung stumbled across a book of Korean Cloud motifs, he decided to explore pairing them with traditional Korean pottery forms, and his cloud series was born.

 

In today's post, an excerpt from the November 2014 issue of Ceramics Monthly, Sam shares his wheel throwing and altering process, which results in pots that look like they are peering out from behind puffy clouds.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

 

PS. Check out the November 2014 issue of Ceramics Monthly to see Sam's China Painting process, as well as his liner glaze recipe.

October 20, 2014 6:54 am Published by 5 Comments
orr_620 How to Throw a Large Serving Bowl in a Bisque Mold

I have tried many different approaches to throwing bowls, but until filming Lisa Orr's video (which makes its debut today!), I had never thought to throw a bowl in a bisque mold. Lisa uses this technique so that she can carve low-relief decoration into the mold, which then shows up on the outside of the bowl she makes. To better explain, here's today's clip of Lisa making the mold and then throwing a bowl in it. I can't wait to play around with this idea. Hope you like it as much as I do! - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

October 17, 2014 8:14 am Published by 3 Comments
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Explore different textures and images around your home or studio to find hidden compositions for wall art. What a Relief: Make a Great Impression with Slab-built Ceramic Wall Art

Where do you find inspiration for your art? For some it is in nature, for some inspiration lies in the work of a favorite artist, for others, it can be found in their friends or family. But inspiration doesn't always have to come from things traditionally thought of as beautiful or profound. As ceramic artist David Gamble demonstrates, mundane objects can serve as inspiration too. All you have to do is look around with an open mind. Today, we'll show you how David turned manhole covers and sewer grates into wall-worthy art. Plus, we’ll show you a great way to hang wall tiles. Enjoy!

October 13, 2014 6:30 am Published by 44 Comments
fieldplatecenter_620 Tips for Centering and Preventing S-Cracks in Dinner Plates

Throwing large plate forms is tricky because it can be hard to master centering and spreading the clay out wide enough without either knocking it off center, or getting water trapped underneath. Then there are S-cracks. If you don't take steps to prevent those, you might be devastated when your plate comes out of the kiln.

 

If you have experienced these problems, pull up a chair and watch today's clip from our new platters compilation. In this clip, Adam shows how to master centering and preventing s-cracks in plates. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

October 9, 2014 12:45 pm Published by Leave your thoughts
RakuWalls Raku on the Walls: How to Make a Raku Mural

If you have ever done raku firing, you are probably aware that the raku firing process should not be used for pots that are intended to serve food. The rapid firing, removal of the ware at the red-heat stage, and subsequent post-firing all contribute to surfaces that remain porous after firing. So it is best for decorative pots or sculpture. If you are looking for another application for raku, today's post just might be for you.

October 8, 2014 5:40 am Published by 18 Comments
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napleshandle_620 How to Make a Comfortable Slab-Built Handle

In today's post, Lisa Naples shares her technique for making a slab-built handle for a cream pitcher. I love this handle because it is an interesting shape that complements her slab-built pitcher really well, and because, just by looking at it, you can tell it is comfortable. Have a look! Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

October 3, 2014 8:02 am Published by 4 Comments