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swafford_620 How to Use Thin Sprigs and Carving to Add Surface Texture

Carving into a form is a great way to add imagery and texture to pottery. But Michell Swafford came up with a different twist on carved texture. She carves a design into a leather hard slab, then makes very thin sprigs from that carving, which she then adheres to the surface of her pots. She then takes the decoration a step farther by carving additional detail in the attached sprigs. Genius! Read on for the details! - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


ps. This post is excerpted from the January/February 2015 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated. To learn the rest of the process, subscribe to PMI! 

December 17, 2014 6:46 am Published by 1 Comment
latex_620 Creating Glaze Patterns with Latex Resist, plus Glaze Recipes!

There are a lot of fun tools out there for potters to use to create patterns on their work. Latex resist is an excellent one because, unlike wax, it can be peeled off, so it is great for layering. In today's post, an excerpt from our free download Wood Kiln Firing Techniques & Tips: Plans and Instructions for Making a Wood-fired Kiln and Firing with Wood, Courtney shares her method for making glaze patterns with latex resist. Plus she shares a few of her glaze recipes!- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

 

December 15, 2014 8:48 am Published by 1 Comment
Sanders_620 Video of the Week: A Genius Handmade Tool for Making Lines on Pottery

One of my favorite handmade texture tools that Amy Sanders demonstrates on the DVD we filmed this past summer is what I like to call her "rolly line tools." In today's video, an excerpt from that technique-packed DVD, Amy demonstrates how to make and use these tools. So Simple, so smart.

December 12, 2014 5:05 am Published by 52 Comments
donnelly_620new Tips from the Pros: How to Get a Handle on Handles

In today's post, Paul Donnelly takes us through

his handle-making process. It's a great alternative to pulled handles

because it cuts down on the mess and the drying time, and still makes

lovely, elegant handles. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

December 10, 2014 6:01 am Published by 31 Comments
serritella_finished Heating and Stretching Slabs to Create Organic Texture

Most potters do their very best to avoid cracks in their work. But some deliberately try to create cracking, and the results can be gorgeous. In today's post, an excerpt from our new Ceramic Arts Handbook Surface Decoration Techniques, Eric Seritella explains how he creates beautifully textured trays by heating and stretching rough slabs of clay. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

December 8, 2014 6:39 am Published by 1 Comment
burnett_stains_620 Using Underglazes as Stains to Bring Out Texture

Screen printing on ceramic work can produce some pretty exciting surfaces. But combining screen printing with other surface techniques, like stamping and staining, can take it a step further. Jason Bige Burnett masterfully combines screen printing with other techniques in his work. In today's post, he explains how he uses underglazes as stains, which gather in his stamped textures and add depth to his screen printed patterns. What's great about using underglazes for this is that the color palette is practically limitless! - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

December 4, 2014 3:35 pm Published by 2 Comments
scypta_620 Finishing Details: The Intricate Glazing Techniques of Lindsay Scypta

Lindsay Scypta's pots are intricately textured with stamps and sprigs and glazed with runny glazes that enhance these textures beautifully. All of this requires careful planning, which begins when the pots are still on the wheel. In today's post, an excerpt from the December 2014 issue of Ceramics Monthly, Lindsay explains her glazing process and shares one of her Cone 6 glaze recipes.

 

PS. Check out the December 2014 issue of Ceramics Monthly, to learn more about Lindsay's stacking sets and see more images of her work.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

December 3, 2014 9:17 am Published by 2 Comments
Summerfield_620 A Smart Way to Center a Foot on a Square Slab Plate

Slab-built plates seem like a pretty simple endeavor, but it can be challenging to get the feet just right. Coil feet often have that pesky bump where the coil is joined and if you throw a foot on a slab plate, you can often have problems with cracking. In today's post, an excerpt from the January/February 2014 Pottery Making Illustrated, my good pal Liz Zlot Summerfield shares her nifty technique for getting a slab foot just right.

ps. Stay tuned for Liz's how-to video, due out in the Spring of 2014!

December 1, 2014 6:56 am Published by 6 Comments
rothwell_sushi Pottery Video of the Week: How to Make a Textured Sushi Plate Using a Wiggle Wire

I love the technique of using a wiggle wire to cut pots off the wheel, thus creating an interesting texture on the bottom of the piece -- a great alternative to trimming a foot. In today's video, an excerpt from Wheel Throwing with Nan Rothwell, Nan takes that concept a step further by throwing her pot upside down and cutting it off with the wiggly wire, creating texture on the top of the piece. Have a look and think of more directions to take this technique. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

November 28, 2014 5:14 am Published by 53 Comments
buttercrock_620 How to Make a French Butter Dish

Today we continue our tradition of sending a food-related post on Thanksgiving Day, since it is traditionally a day of feasting in the United States. In today's post, an excerpt from In the Potters Kitchen, Sumi von Dassow shows how to make a French butter dish. If you are unfamiliar with French butter dishes, they are a great way to store real butter outside the fridge without it going bad. How does this work? Read on to find out! - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

November 27, 2014 5:19 am Published by 8 Comments