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packing_620 Packing For Success: How to Ensure Your Pottery Survives Shipping

Hopefully you haven't already learned this the hard way, but if you make and sell pots, you can't afford to do a shoddy job on packing them for shipping. Early on in his career, Charlie Cummings, artist and proprietor of Charlie Cummings Gallery (www.claylink.com), shipped some pots to an exhibition and all of them arrived shattered. Once was all it took and now Charlie has a great system for packing work.

 

Today, in an excerpt from the March/April 2015 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, Charlie shares his secrets to getting work from point A to point B in one piece.

February 25, 2015 6:13 am Published by 5 Comments
lyonsbroomstick_620 How to Use the Broomstick Method to Make a Vase

I keep a lot of things in my studio that I think may one day be useful for texture or as a tool of some sort. I also cannot bring myself to throw any kind of wood in the garbage. I have a scrap collection that would be the envy of many a woodchuck. The other day, these two passions (let's just call them passions for now) came together in a very useful way. I ran out to the garage and gathered every single dowel scrap I had and transfered them to the studio, thereby fulfilling both obsessive habits (okay, let's call them what they really are). The reason I did this was because I watched the DVD Handbuilding with Mitch Lyons. He demonstrated a method for making cylinders that employed these dowels, and then went on to explore wonderful surface inlay and texture treatments that really got me excited about handbuilding again. And I got to use some of my scrap wood!  — Sherman Hall, Ceramic Arts Daily

February 23, 2015 7:23 am Published by 6 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.

February 20, 2015 6:18 am Published by 12 Comments
die cutter opener New Tools, New Possibilities in Decorating Ceramic Art

When I saw Linda Arbuckle's article about die cutters in the March 2015 issue of Ceramics Monthly, I remembered how much I want a die cutter! Ever since filming Andrew Gilliatt's DVD Layers of Color, I have coveted this tool.

 

In today's post, an excerpt from the CM article, Linda explains how artists are using die cutters in creative ways in their ceramic work. I'm going to start saving my pennies so I can get one of these awesome tools soon!! - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

February 18, 2015 6:00 am Published by 1 Comment
gamble_620 Creating Interesting Patterns with Underglazes, Sgraffito Techniques, and a Rolling Pin

Workshops and conferences are such fantastic ways to enrich your art making. You leave brimming with new ideas to try, and these ideas can then morph with your own way of working and take you in a whole new direction.

In today's post, Tracy Gamble explains how after a week-long surface symposium, she blended two artists’ techniques to take her own work in a new direction.

For a printer-friendly version of this article, be sure to download your free copy of Five Great Pottery Decorating Techniques: A How-to Guide for Decorating Ceramic Surfaces!- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

February 16, 2015 7:06 am Published by 3 Comments
clemoprototype_620 How to Make a Prototype for a Decorative Sprig Mold

Most people think of sprig molds as press-molded decorative elements that are affixed to work, but Blair Clemo uses sprigs as part of his construction process. Blair started off working this way by experimenting with sprig molds he made from found objects. Then he decided to make his own custom sprigs.

 

In this clip from his new video Simply Ornate: Handbuilding and Wheel Throwing with Press Molds, Blair shares how he makes these fairly complex-looking sprigs with a process that is actually quite simple. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

 

PS. To see how Blair uses these strip sprig molds, check out this video!

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deb george opener Using Modern Tools and Old-Fashioned Hard Work to Set Up a Dream Studio

Starting up a studio anywhere can be a real challenge - in an expensive city like Seattle even more so. But Deborah Schwartzkopf and George Rodriguez are two community-oriented artists who made it happen using innovative tools like Kickstarter and old-fashioned hard work. In today's post, you'll hear a little bit about their studio. For the rest of the article, check out the March 2015 issue of Ceramics Monthly.– Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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