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slabplatter620 How to Make a Platter Using a Slump Mold

Slab building is one of the most exciting ways to make work with clay. And if you prefer more instant gratification than you can get from a wheel, slab building is a great way to go. Finding slump and hump molds in interesting shapes at thrift shops and dollar stores is a great way to build with slabs. In today's post, an excerpt from our latest free download A Guide to Slab Rollers Tips for Buying or Building a Slabroller, and Three Slab Pottery Projects, Daryl Baird shares a simple platter project from a found slump mold. 

July 1, 2015 5:00 am Published by 9 Comments
jabburhandle_620 Paying Attention to Details to Make a Comfortable Functional Handle

The handle on my Mike Jabbur coffee mug is one of my absolute favorites in my collection. The ear-shaped curve at the top of the handle is just perfect for my fingers to comfortably nestle into, and is now a shape I seek out in a handle…and something I have been incorporating into my own work. It's these details that make all of the difference. In today's clip, an excerpt from his new DVD Precise Imprecision: Strengthening Throwing Skills to Create Dynamic Functional Pottery, Mike demonstrates his handle making process and discusses the details he considers to make them function well.

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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. 

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traytrim_620 How to Dress Up a Tray with Custom Extruded Trim

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.

June 19, 2015 5:00 am Published by 5 Comments
commercialstains_620 Guidelines for Using Commercial Stains in Glazes

It’s really pretty hard to find a bad thing to say about commercial stains. They produce brilliant colors, are safe to use, and are very reliable. I suppose the only negative is that they can be pricey, but that priciness can be made up for in time savings and predictability. In today’s post, an excerpt from Electric Kiln Ceramics, Frederick Bartolovic and Richard Zakin give some guidelines for using commercial stains in studio-made glazes. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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rhubarbcrisp How to Make a Square Baking Dish and Fill it with Rhubarb Crisp

In my neck of the woods, it's the time of year when rhubarb starts peeking up through the cold ground. So when I saw Sumi von Dassow's article on how to make a baker for rhubarb crisp going into the March/April 2013 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, I knew I had to share it. In this post, Sumi demonstrates how she makes her lovely square baking dishes (that are great for any type of baked dessert - not just rhubarb!). Plus she shares a recipe for rhubarb crisp from the lovely Sarah Jaeger! - Jennifer Harnetty editor.

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