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clemo_jar_620 How to Make a Jar With Press-Molded Decorative Strips and Wheel Thrown Parts

A. Blair Clemo has some of the most interesting pottery making techniques I have seen. His process involves press molds, coil building, wheel throwing, sprig molds and more. Though it looks fairly complex, it's really not when you break it down.

In today's clip, an excerpt from his brand-spanking-new video Simply Ornate: Handbuilding and Wheel Throwing with Press Molds, Blair shows one of the ways he combines wheel thrown parts with custom press-molded decorative strips to make a sweet jar. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

January 30, 2015 5:43 am Published by 2 Comments
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LZSfinished How to Slab Build a Simple Darted Cup

After many years of just throwing, I have been doing more and more handbuilding. Part of the reason for is that we made a video with Liz Zlot Summerfield. Not only is it fun to watch the facile way Liz manipulates clay, but her explanations of her processes are excellent. Not to mention the work itself!


In today's clip, an excerpt from her video Handbuilt Forms with Soft Slabs, Liz shows how to handbuild a simple darted cup with a foot that I absolutely love (and which I jokingly refer to as "the foot that changed my life.") - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

January 23, 2015 5:49 am Published by 3 Comments
chrome_620 Technofile: Demystifying Chrome Oxide for Fantastic Ceramic Glaze Color

Chrome oxide or Cr2O3 is a common studio material that can help produce beautiful colors in the kiln. But it can be quite challenging to perfect. So, in the November 2012 Technofile department in  Ceramics Monthly, John Britt, one of our expert glaze guys, gives the low down on how to get chrome right. As you'll see, with a little know-how, chrome can produce great results. In today's post, I am sharing an excerpt from that Technofile article and a few great cone 6 chrome glaze recipes.


January 21, 2015 5:31 am Published by 13 Comments
Tower of London opener A Sea of 888,246 Bright Red Ceramic Poppies Commemorates Lives Lost at War

The Tower of London’s dry moat was recently flooded again, but not with water. This time it was with 888,246 ceramic poppies. Paul Cummins and Tom Piper, with the help of countless volunteers, created the epic installation commemorating those who served and perished in World War One.


For more about this fascinating and moving project, have a look at this excerpt from the February 2015 issue of Ceramics Monthly by Holly Goring. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

January 19, 2015 6:01 am Published by 2 Comments
allenpitcher_620 Three Beautiful Surface Decorations That Look Even Better Layered

I am in love with the surfaces Jen Allen's pots (not to mention the forms!). While each of the techniques in today's clip stands on its own beautifully, they are magnificent when combined.

In this clip, an excerpt from her new video Darted and Decorated, Jen shows how she creates a subtle brushstroke texture with an engobe, and then layers glaze-trailed patterns on top. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

January 16, 2015 6:18 am Published by 1 Comment
Erickson_620 Magnificent Marbling: Using Colored Slips to Create Marbled Patterning on Pottery

Slip, glorious slip. This versatile liquid form of clay can be used in a multitude of different ways to create and embellish ceramic art. One such method involves using colored slips to create a marbleized look on pottery, which is reminiscent of Staffordshire-style English marbled slipware. In today's post, Michelle Erickson and Robert Hunter demonstrate this process..

January 14, 2015 8:00 am Published by 28 Comments
CAD_Bloating_620 How to Prevent Bloating in Your Clay Body

With the holidays recently celebrated, we all may have become more familiar than we would like with a different kind of bloating, but today, let's focus on bloating in clay bodies. Bloating is defined as a firing defect in which blisters form within a clay body, causing large lumps on the surface.


In today's post, an excerpt from our free download Successful Tips for Buying and Using Pottery Clay: How to Select the Right Clay, Estimate your Clay Needs, and Test Clays for Better Results, Dave Finkelnburg explains the causes of bloating and shares how you can prevent this unsightly defect in your work.–Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

January 9, 2015 3:10 pm Published by 1 Comment
brittresources620 Glazed and Confused? How to Mix a Color Blend and Interpret the Results

Last summer we traveled to the lovely Bakersville, North Carolina, studio of John Britt to tap into his vast knowledge of glaze chemistry for a glazing DVD. I am super stoked to announce its release today! And, I may be a bit biased, but I think it will be a fabulous resource for anyone who wants to delve deeper into glazing, but finds the subject too intimidating.


In today's video, I am sharing a clip (and a recipe) from it. In this (much condensed) clip, John shares his simple system for mixing up a color blend and tells us what to make of the results. Have a look and then mix up your own color blend and see what you get. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

January 9, 2015 7:53 am Published by 8 Comments