Slump molds are great for making plates since you can just drop the slab into the mold and not worry about it shrinking around it. They are even better when they are your own homemade mold. In today's post, an excerpt from Platters: Four Approaches to Making and Decorating Plates, Ben Carter shares some tips on using an easy-to-make slump mold to make a large oval platter.
Despite the fact that our passion for clay runs deep, we were probably not born knowing we wanted to be ceramic artists. Many of us, stumbled upon clay (and our lives were forever changed!).
In today’s post, I am sharing an excerpt from the April 2015 Ceramics Monthly, which focuses on artists who took on ceramics after established careers in very different fields. Carolanne Currier explains how she came to clay from a career as an investigator for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and how her previous career informs her work.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
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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Pulling handles can be a challenging skill to master. It can be a little intimidating to try to pull them directly off the pot, but trying to transfer a handle to a pot after pulling it separately is also a challenge.
That's why I really liked Paul Donnelly's approach to handle making. Paul does very little pulling and does most of the shaping ahead of time. Then he lets the handles sit flat overnight. A little water rehydrates them the next day and they are ready for attaching. All of this helps Paul to make very tight, refined handles. Have a look at this excerpt from his new video! - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
Today we have the latest video from the oh-so talented Ayumi Horie. In this one, Ayumi talks about the importance of touch in this increasingly digitally focused world. You’ll also catch a glimpse into her unique “dry throwing” method, how she creates her match strikers, and a special surprise at around 3 minutes in (wait for it, wait for it). Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
When planning to make house numbers for my house, I found this simple, tried-and-tested technique for making flat tiles and thought I would share it with Ceramic Arts Daily readers. It comes to us from ceramist Laura Reutter of Port Townsend, Washington, who has been making tiles for her business Ravenstone Tiles since 1998.
The bold black and white patterns on Sam Scott's pots look so precise that you would think he spent hours masking off the surface. But it is really much simpler than that. In today's post, an excerpt from our free download Five Great Ceramic Glazing Techniques, Sam explains how he makes a splash with poured-on glaze decoration.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
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In today's video clip, an excerpt from our latest DVD project, Clay Projects and Fundamentals: A Resource for Aspiring Clay Artists and Teachers, Neil Patterson demonstrates a stiff slab vase project. He also gives great tips for working with paper to come up with interesting designs.
Who doesn't love a homemade texture tool? It's such a great way to put your personal stamp on your work.
Sarah Pike loves texture and creates her own texture rollers so that she can efficiently texture her slabs before constructing her pots. In today's post, an excerpt from the March/April 2015 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, Sarah shares how she makes these tools. They're super quick and easy and the marks they make are fantastic! - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
We have one of Lars Westby's platters hanging here in our office (acquired as a Ceramic Monthly Purchase Award from the Strictly Functional Pottery National a few years back), and I love it. I keep lobbying to have it moved closer to my office (to no avail). Anyway, when we got it, I added ceramic wall pieces to my list of things I want to experiment with in the studio. Like many things, making ceramic wall pieces got pushed to the back burner, but now that I have seen Lars' article in the December 2012 issue of Ceramics Monthly, I have a renewed interest. In today's post, Lars explains how he makes his sculptural platters.