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asymmeticbowl_620 How to Throw an Oblong Bowl on the Potters Wheel

We recently featured a square baking dish project on the blog (with a rhubarb crisp recipe too!), but today I thought I would point out that you can use that technique to make all shapes and sizes of baking dishes or bowls. In this post Richard Phethean shows how he makes an asymmetric bowl in a similar way. I really like how he contrasted the asymmetric shape in the finished pot (at left) with a spiral mark on the floor of the pot. Have a look and then see what kind of shapes you can come up with. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

July 30, 2014 6:22 am Published by 5 Comments
click to enlarge How to Create Colorful Patterns on Pottery with Slip Transfer

The pottery of Lauren Karle is influenced by the beautiful garments of the indigenous cultures of Guatamala, where she lived for 2 1/2 years. The pots reference these garments both in the way they are constructed (cut, altered, darted, "stitched" together) and in their decoration. In today's post, an excerpt from the October issue of Ceramics Monthly, Lauren demonstrates how she creates colorful patterns with a slip transfer technique. 

July 28, 2014 6:30 am Published by 5 Comments
middeltoninsideout_620 How to Transfer Images to the Inside of a Wheel Thrown Bowls

We have posted a few videos on Ceramic Arts Daily over the years of artists using screen printing techniques on clay in one way or another. But until filming Forrest Lesch-Middelton's DVD Volumetric Image Transfer on Clay, I had never seen anyone screen print on the inside of a wheel thrown bowl. In today's post, an excerpt from the DVD, you'll see the ingenious method Forrest came up with to get his screen-printed imagery onto what he calls his inside-out jars. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

July 25, 2014 6:00 am Published by 7 Comments
transfer_620 Using the Transfer Method to Create Interesting Glaze Patterns on Pottery

As detailed in the direct and stencil approaches shown previously, glaze application methods are as infinite as our imagination. Nearly every item around the studio or house has the potential to be a glaze applicator. It just takes a little imagination to see the potential, and experimenting is key to discovering new ideas. Today, Frank James Fisher will present the transfer method that he uses to create beautiful patterning on his pots.

July 23, 2014 6:53 am Published by 5 Comments
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. 

July 21, 2014 7:17 am Published by 4 Comments
NaplesHare620 How to Sculpt Mammal Heads in Clay

Last summer, Lisa Naples came to town for a marathon week of filming two DVDs. The first one, Flat to Functional, was launched in March, and I am happy to say her much-anticipated Narrative Animal Sculpture, makes its debut today! As both an animal lover and a clay lover (not to mention a big fan of the lovely Lisa Naples), I really enjoyed this video.

For today's video, I'm sharing a (much condensed) clip in which Lisa demonstrates sculpting a rabbit's head - but as she points out, the process can be applied to all mammals with special attention paid to the unique features of each one. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

July 18, 2014 6:18 am Published by 11 Comments
hopkins620 Building Complex Pottery Forms Simply

Bryan Hopkins jokingly refers to his pots as dysfunctional vessels because of their high loss rate. But he says that just comes with the territory when your goal is to push the material to its limits. In today's post, an excerpt from an upcoming article in Ceramics Monthly, Hopkins explains his process, which includes throwing posts on the wheel, cutting them into slab sections, pressing some of the sections into bisque molds, then putting all back together in interesting constructions.

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