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Lichman_620 Slipped, Altered, and Soda Fired with Brenda Lichman

For Brenda Lichman, form and surface go hand in hand. She accentuates her soft, simple forms with thick porcelain slip and then further accentuates the volume by pushing out from the inside. The results are forms that almost look like they have been froze mid-motion.


In today's post, an excerpt from the December 2014 issue of Ceramics Monthly, Brenda explains this process. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


PS. Make sure to check out the December 2014 issue Ceramics Monthly to read Brenda Lichman’s article discussing her functional work. Lichman also shares more information about her soda firing process, including slip and glaze recipes.

November 24, 2014 6:55 am Published by 2 Comments
jbbprintplate_620 Screen Printing and Mono Printing Techniques on a Simple Handbuilt Plate

Screen printing on pots is definitely a trend these days and one of the main trend setters in this area is Jason Bige Burnett. Jason draws on his background in screen printing and graphic design to create his super fun work.


In today's post, Jason shows how to transfer a screen printed image to a slab and then turn that slab into a simple plate. An extra cool thing about this clip is that Jason shows how you can hand color various parts of your print in a technique comparable to monoprinting. Have a look! - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

November 21, 2014 6:07 am Published by 4 Comments
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orrdoodads_620 Lisa Orr Shares a Really Creative Way to Use Trailing Slip

Slip trailing is a fabulous technique for creating both visual and tactile decoration on pottery and ceramic sculpture. Most of the time, this technique involves trailing a design in slip onto a pot. In addition to slip trailing in the traditional way, Lisa Orr makes sweet little swirly patterns on cloth, lets them stiffen up, and then uses them to make fancy handles for the teeny tiny salt scoopers on her salt centerpieces.


In this excerpt from her new video, Lisa shares this process. I love everything about this technique, including the very idea of having a salt centerpiece as opposed to a salt shaker.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

November 17, 2014 8:58 am Published by 6 Comments
kendallhandles_620 Pottery Video of the Week: How to Make Three Cool Handbuilt Handles with Coils and Slabs

Handles can be the bane of a potters existence - at least they are for me a lot of the time. So I am always happy when I learn new ways of approaching them. Today, in an excerpt from Gail Kendall's new DVD Slab and Coil Building (which debuts today in the Ceramic Arts Daily Bookstore!) Gail shows us three great handle techniques. This DVD was so fun to watch because Gail has such a good sense of what her material can and cannot do. She definitely has me inspired to try her slab/coil techniques - and this clip in particular has cured my "handle block." 

November 14, 2014 6:10 am Published by 8 Comments
stencilslabs_620 Cardboard Stencils and Colored Slips Add Imagery and Texture to Slabs

I love using stencils in my work. I've tried lots of different materials as stencils, but I had never thought to use cardboard. Karmien Bowman uses cardboard for stencils to create lively imagery as well as dimensionality on her slab built pottery. In today's post, an excerpt from From a Slab of Clay, Daryl Baird explains Karmien's process. Having dozens of clay tools is by no means a prerequisite for slab work. But, don't be surprised as you work on your initial projects that you start looking at the utensils in your kitchen drawers or at the hand tools in your garage and find yourself thinking, "I wonder how those would work on clay?" If so, good for you!

November 12, 2014 6:00 am Published by 9 Comments
GlennWoods_620 How to Throw a Lightweight Graceful Pitcher on the Pottery Wheel

One of the biggest challenges when learning to throw is often getting the clay at the base of the pot up into the form. Not overcoming this challenge results in tons of clay to trim off in the trimming stage and or a clunky heavy pot.

With pitchers, this heaviness can be a real problem because they are meant to carry a large volume of liquid. Glenn Woods came up with a way of avoiding this extra clay at the bottom, which resulted in a more graceful form and a lighter pitcher. He shares this technique in today's post.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


PS. For a printer-friendly version of this article and several more, download your free copy of Five Great Pottery Wheel Throwing Techniques: Tips on Throwing Complex Pottery Forms Using Basic Throwing Skills.

November 10, 2014 6:55 am Published by 6 Comments
hostmug_620 Screen Printing and Stenciling Underglaze Designs on Curvy Pots

Today's video clip didn't quite fit onto the new Meredith Host DVD because we ran out of space. But I just couldn't bear having it languish on the cutting room floor, so I decided to share it with you all today. As we all know, transferring two-dimensional designs onto a three-dimensional surface can be challenging - especially if that surface is curvy. In this clip, Meredith shows how she approaches screen printed and stenciled decoration on one of her curvy mugs. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

November 7, 2014 5:59 am Published by 9 Comments
Sean-O'Connell_620 Rhythm and Repetition: A Step-By-Step Guide to Making Multiples

Making multiples is a common and challenging endeavor for potters. To successfully accomplish this task, you need to have a well considered plan of attack. Sean O'Connell figured out a great system for making multiples when he was the "Salad Days" resident at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. In this residency he had to make 500 plates for the center's annual fundraiser.


In today's post, an excerpt from the November/December 2014 issue of Pottery Making illustrated, Sean shares the insights he gained and techniques he used to pull off this feat.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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November 3, 2014 5:53 am Published by 10 Comments