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October 31, 2014 5:25 am Published by 12 Comments
aprons_620 How to Make Simple Handmade Aprons for the Ceramics Studio

We don't really have a "pottery fashion" section on CAD, but perhaps we should considering all of the great studio aprons I have seen potters wearing over the years. I have been wanting to make one of my own for a while (especially since there is a fabulous fabric store near my house), but I am not the most experienced seamstress, so I haven't made it happen.


But in the November 2014 issue of Ceramics Monthly, Lindsay Scypta and Jeni Hansen Gard give a little apron making tutorial that has made me realize that even I have the skills to make myself a custom apron. In today's post, Lindsay and Jeni share their approach to simple studio apron making.



PS. For some great tips on how to further accessorize your apron to make it even more useful in the studio, see the November 2014 issue of Ceramics Monthly!


October 29, 2014 6:14 am Published by 4 Comments
Reason_620 Considerations for Carving Clay: How to Create Beautiful Carved Decoration on Your Pottery

Carving into a clay surface can be very gratifying, but when you’re
making pieces for use, you need to be make sure that the carving
accentuates the function and doesn't hinder it. It's easy to get carried
away and end up with a piece that doesn't function as well as it could.
In today's post, an excerpt from the second edition of our free download Ceramic Carving Tool Techniques: Bringing the Ceramic Surface to Life, potter Emily Reason shares her secrets for getting her clay carving just right. Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

October 27, 2014 7:21 am Published by 4 Comments
fieldcup_620 Carving with Care: How to Carve Exquisite Patterns on a Mug

There is something about carving into leatherhard clay that is so satisfying. It's probably why trimming pots is my favorite part of throwing. But using carving as a decorative tool is something I have never really explored. Until now, that is. After seeing Adam Field work, I am eager to give it a try. And after editing Adam's DVD, Precision Throwing, Intricate Carving, which debuts today, I am equipped with a lot more knowledge on how to do it successfully! In today's post, I'm giving you a taste of Adam's technique and the DVD. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor. PS. Adam demonstrates how he makes his Korean-style carving tools on his new DVD! 

October 24, 2014 4:16 am Published by 12 Comments
WILKEY_620 Making Lidded Jars That Work Together Like a Happy Marriage

I haven't made a jar in a while and when I saw Bill Wilkey's article in the November December 2014 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, I remembered how much I enjoy making them. It is a fun exercise to make two-part pieces and find ways to make the components hang together visually.


Bill's jars do this perfectly. From the soft squaring off of both the jar and lid, to the slightly arching rim that echoes the arches on the feet of the jar, every detail is considered to make a cohesive whole. In today's post, Bill walks us through his jar-making process.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


PS. To see Bill's decorating technique, check out the November/December 2014 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated!

October 22, 2014 5:58 am Published by 1 Comment
chung_620 Sam Chung’s Wheel Throwing and Altering Process

When Sam Chung stumbled across a book of Korean Cloud motifs, he decided to explore pairing them with traditional Korean pottery forms, and his cloud series was born.


In today's post, an excerpt from the November 2014 issue of Ceramics Monthly, Sam shares his wheel throwing and altering process, which results in pots that look like they are peering out from behind puffy clouds.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


PS. Check out the November 2014 issue of Ceramics Monthly to see Sam's China Painting process, as well as his liner glaze recipe.

October 20, 2014 6:54 am Published by 5 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.

October 17, 2014 8:14 am Published by 3 Comments
October 15, 2014 5:07 am Published by 16 Comments
Explore different textures and images around your home or studio to find hidden compositions for wall art. What a Relief: Make a Great Impression with Slab-built Ceramic Wall Art

Where do you find inspiration for your art? For some it is in nature, for some inspiration lies in the work of a favorite artist, for others, it can be found in their friends or family. But inspiration doesn't always have to come from things traditionally thought of as beautiful or profound. As ceramic artist David Gamble demonstrates, mundane objects can serve as inspiration too. All you have to do is look around with an open mind. Today, we'll show you how David turned manhole covers and sewer grates into wall-worthy art. Plus, we’ll show you a great way to hang wall tiles. Enjoy!

October 13, 2014 6:30 am Published by 44 Comments
fieldplatecenter_620 Tips for Centering and Preventing S-Cracks in Dinner Plates

Throwing large plate forms is tricky because it can be hard to master centering and spreading the clay out wide enough without either knocking it off center, or getting water trapped underneath. Then there are S-cracks. If you don't take steps to prevent those, you might be devastated when your plate comes out of the kiln.


If you have experienced these problems, pull up a chair and watch today's clip from our new platters compilation. In this clip, Adam shows how to master centering and preventing s-cracks in plates. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

October 9, 2014 12:45 pm Published by Leave your thoughts