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.
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.
In today's post, an excerpt from the "Technofile" department in Ceramics Monthly, Dave Finkelnburg discusses the many possibilities that are possible with the multifaceted little colorant we call cobalt. Plus he shares some sweet cobalt glaze recipes.
If you love slab building, but have trouble figuring out how to flat slab to volumetric form, today's video clip from Liz Zlot Summerfield might help solve the mystery. In this clip, an excerpt from her DVD Handbuilt Forms with Soft Slabs, Liz shows how to take a simple paper cup and turn it into a pattern for a handbuilt juice cup.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
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!
Some folks feel like using commercial glazes is cheating, but I say, hogwash! I have been using commercial glazes for the past couple of years because, with very limited time in the studio, I don't have time for mixing and testing. I have discovered some commercial glazes that I am very fond of and if I can find any ways to maximize my time making, I am all for it. Plus, with a little experimentation, you can make them your own.
In today's post, an excerpt from the September/October 2014 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, Deanna Ranlett explains some ways she has found to create great surfaces with commercial glazes.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
Ceramic glazes consist of three main components: glass formers, fluxes, and refractories. If you can remember those, and familiarize yourself with the characteristics of the common ceramic raw materials, you are in good shape to start developing your own successfulglazes. For today's video, I thought I would share John Britt's simple glaze component analogy. It is a great way to remember how the three glaze components function in a glaze. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
We are super excited to share our new baby: CeramicRecipes.org, an online database for all of your recipes, whether you have your own or have yet to discover them. With smart phones and tablets as ubiquitous as they have become, we thought it was about time to create an online system for organizing, sharing, storing, and discovering glazes. So get ready to move your recipe collection from scraps of paper or three-ring binders to a gorgeous web platform, where you can access them ANYWHERE!!
Ceramic glaze recipes are to potters and sculptors like candy is to a kid on Halloween. We just can't seem to get enough! The cone 6 oxidation glaze recipes in today's feature were contributed by Lou Roess.
When Dianna Pittis switched from making pots to making sculpture, she had to invent some clay tools that made it possible for her to realize her vision. Making fish seemed straightforward enough—until she actually started making fish and had to deal with the logistics and technical aspects of building and firing them safely. Below, Pittis explains her process of discovery and invention, as well as her process from forming through firing.