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radaschtexture_620 Working with Homemade Tools and Bisque Molds to Create Texture on the Inside of a Bowl

What’s not to love about texture and clay? After all, it’s clay’s wonderful malleability that got us all hooked in the first place. And textured clay can work so well with glaze. In today’s post, an excerpt from her new video Low Tech Clay: High End Results, Kari Radasch shares a simple technique for creating texture on the inside of a bowl by using an easy-to-make tool and a bisque hump mold. An added bonus of this technique is that, because your mold is a hump mold, you can attach the foot right away so everything can dry at the same time, thus avoiding cracks! - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

May 21, 2015 8:16 pm Published by Leave your thoughts
WP_620 4 Successful Potters Give Advice on How to Make a Living Making Pottery

Probably every aspiring ceramic artist has pondered at great lengths how to make pottery their full time gig. It’s not an easy road these days, and if you want to succeed in the pottery business, you really need to make a good careful plan. In today’s post, we have gathered some great advice from four successful potters that might just help you when making your plan. In this excerpt from this year’s working potters issue of Ceramics Monthly, Amelia Stamps, Anderson Bailey, Steven Rolf, and Jeremy Ayers share their tips and the lessons they’ve learned along the way. Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

May 20, 2015 5:26 am Published by Leave your thoughts
click to enlarge Block Printing Stamps: A No-Fire Way to Make a Great Impression

There are myriad ways to get texture on clay - one of these being the handmade bisque stamp. But sometimes you just want more immediate gratification. That's where carving block printing material comes in. In today's post, Ann Ruel explains how to use these printing tools to easily create your own stamp designs (with no need to own a kiln). These could come in handy for someone who works at a community art center and doesn't want to wait for a bisque stamp to be fired. 


May 18, 2015 5:58 am Published by 4 Comments
allenplates_620 Two Fun and Simple Ways to Alter the Rims of Wheel Thrown Plates

Altering forms is a great way to put your own personal touch on them. Jennifer Allen started her exploration of altering pots on plates and mug forms.

In today's post, an excerpt from her new video Darted and Decorated: Techniques for Enhancing Form and Surface, Jen shares two altering techniques for wheel-thrown plates. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

May 15, 2015 5:20 am Published by 3 Comments
linhares How to Whack Flat Planes into Your Wheel Thrown Pottery

Paul Linhares was introduced to paddling work when watching Yixing teapot makers use paddles to skillfully shape clay slabs into beautiful pots. Years later when he wanted to make a bottle shaped like a fish, he remembered the Yixing potters and decided to use a paddle on his wheel thrown work.


In today’s post, an excerpt from the May/June issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, Paul shares his techniques for paddling wheel thrown forms into shapes that are perfect fur surface decoration. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

May 13, 2015 5:41 am Published by Leave your thoughts
Fujii_620 Tips for Designing and Carving Geometric Patterns in Pottery

It can be challenging to carve geometric patterns into pottery. Aside from sharp tools and patience, you need to know the optimum timing and plan your design carefully ahead of time to do it well. In today's post, an excerpt from our free download Ceramic Carving Tool Techniques: Bringing the Ceramic Surface to Life, Yoshi Fujii shares his secrets for creating gorgeous carved pottery. PS. To learn how Yoshi Fujii throws his goblets, see the January/February 2015 back issue of Pottery Making Illustrated!

May 11, 2015 5:59 am Published by Leave your thoughts
8 How to Handbuild a Stacked Dish Using Bisque Hump Molds

Combining multiple bisque molds to create stacked pots is a really fun way to explore form. A bonus is that you can stack the molds themselves before you even start on a piece to test out which forms work and which don’t. And once you have a good collection of molds in your arsenal, the possibilities for stacked combinations are practically limitless. Kari Radasch loves this way of working because it keeps her from getting bored in the studio, and it is a relatively quick way to work (good for a busy mom of two young children). In today’s post, an excerpt from her brand new video Low-Tech Clay: High End Results, Kari demonstrates one of her stacked dishes.

May 8, 2015 5:48 am Published by 2 Comments
pinched_620 How to Incorporate Colored Clay into Delicate Pinched Coil Vases

With their delicate undulating rims, Cheryl Malone’s seemingly paper-thin vases bear a striking resemblance to flower petals. No surprise since Cheryl is inspired by the growth patterns of plants and their similarities to the coil building process. To pull off such petal thin work through the coil/pinch process takes practice, and in an excerpt from our new release Handbuiling Techniques, Cheryl shares her secrets to making it happen. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

May 6, 2015 5:02 am Published by 30 Comments
WarmItup_620 Time to Warm Up! 5 Red and Orange Glaze Recipes

After a long brutal winter, spring is hopefully here to stay. So to go with the warming temperatures, I thought I would share some recipes for warm colored glazes. Today, in an excerpt from her book Colour in Glazes, Linda Bloomfield shares some glaze recipes for lovely red and orange hues.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


May 4, 2015 5:23 am Published by 6 Comments
orr_620 How to Throw a Large Serving Bowl in a Bisque Mold

I have tried many different approaches to throwing bowls, but until filming Lisa Orr's video (which makes its debut today!), I had never thought to throw a bowl in a bisque mold. Lisa uses this technique so that she can carve low-relief decoration into the mold, which then shows up on the outside of the bowl she makes. To better explain, here's today's clip of Lisa making the mold and then throwing a bowl in it. I can't wait to play around with this idea. Hope you like it as much as I do! - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

May 1, 2015 5:14 am Published by 6 Comments