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cerrecipes_620 New Glaze Recipe Database Makes it Easy to Organize Your Recipes!

I have to admit, I am somewhat organizationally challenged. It's not that I don't love being organized, it's that sometimes I can't keep up…yeah, that's it. I'll blame it on being busy!

 

This carries over into my studio way more than I would like. Again because of the limited time I get to spend there. I'd much rather make work than spend time organizing! So things aren't set up in the most efficient way, glaze recipes and notes are scattered amongst various sketchbooks and scraps of paper. You get the picture.

 

So I am extremely excited by our latest development here at CAD - CeramicRecipes.org - not just because it is the beautiful result of lots of hard work by our team, but also because I am sincerely excited to use it! In addition to containing tons of glaze recipes that you can search in a number of intuitive ways, the site also has tools that will help you have organized access to your favorite glaze recipes wherever you are (it looks great on a phone!).

 

In today's post, I thought I would share a couple of our video tours of CeramicRecipes.org to show how useful it really is. Plus I'm including a glaze recipe I found on the site that looks pretty cool! Enjoy, and I hope you find it helpful in your studio. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

October 1, 2014 6:25 am Published by Leave your thoughts
tagine6makingknob_620 How to Make a Tagine

A few years ago a friend of mine had us over for dinner and served one of the most delicious dishes I had ever had. It was a tagine (traditional Moroccan dish named after the ceramic pot it is cooked in) and my mouth waters just thinking of it. Since my husband is an excellent cook, I have often thought about making a tagine for him. And after flipping through our latest book release In the Potters Kitchen, I might just get around to it sooner rather than later. Today, I am sharing the excerpt from In the Potters Kitchem that is inspiring me. Plus a recipe for a Shrimp Tagine. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor. 

 

September 29, 2014 6:18 am Published by 5 Comments
groverhandle_620 How to Create an Ornamental Yet Functional Handle

Handles are something I struggled with for a long time. Once I started to get my handles the way I wanted, I realized that my pieces as a whole looked better. Another example of how paying attention to all the details in a piece can make a world of difference.

 

In today's video, Martha Grover shows how she "fancys" up a pulled handle to make it look perfect (and function well) on one of her elegant butter boxes. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

September 26, 2014 5:57 am Published by Leave your thoughts
celadon_620 Po-Wen Liu Shares the Secrets to his Beautiful Celadon Glaze

With a degree in ceramic engineering, as well as a BFA and MFA in ceramics, potter Po-Wen Liu knows a thing or two about glaze chemistry. In today's post, Po-wen shares his beautiful powder-blue Ru Celadon glaze, and explains the firing process he developed to get it just right.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

September 24, 2014 6:42 am Published by Leave your thoughts
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middplate_620 How to Create a Beautiful Lobed Rim on a Wheel Thrown Plate

Plates have to be one of my favorite pottery forms to make. I love the big open canvas for decoration and the fact that they can double as wall art if you so desire. Because they are so much fun, though also deceptively challenging, we decided to put together a compilation of plate-making techniques from several different artists. In today's post, I am sharing an excerpt in which Forrest Lesch-Middelton demonstrates a great way to make a beautiful altered rim on a large plate. Gorgeous. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

September 19, 2014 7:46 am Published by 4 Comments
zuckerman620new How to Make Sophisticated Pottery Forms Using the Most Basic of Tools

The pinch pot is the most elemental of pottery forms requiring simply one's hands and a lump of clay. Because of this, it is often the first technique most of us learn when introduced to clay. But that doesn't mean it is merely a beginner technique. Many artists use pinching techniques to make sophisticated or complex forms. Lily Zuckerman makes beautiful vessels starting from a solid lump of clay, with no clay added and very little cut away. In today's post, she explains her process. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

September 17, 2014 6:56 am Published by 1 Comment
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onggi_620 The Onggi Wheel: A Modern Approach to an Ancient Tool

In today's post, we're sharing a fun video made by potter Ronald Shaw. In the video, Ronald demonstrates how he built an Onggi potter’s wheel with just a few tools, several ready-made round tabletops, and some inexpensive home-store accessories. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

 

PS. For complete step-by-step instructions on the process, check out the October 2014 issue of Ceramics Monthly!

September 10, 2014 6:12 am Published by 5 Comments