Tom Turner considers every detail on his pots, even the underside of lids. Initially, He came up with the flange system he uses to act as a counterweight on teapot lids so they would stay put when pouring tea. But he considered every last detail and realized that these flanges could be enhanced with texture. Now he uses them on all of his lidded pots. In today's post, an excerpt from his new DVD Tom Turner: Understanding Porcelain (now available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Bookstore), he shares his technique.
Those who know me know I have a thing for the pale blues and blue-greens. Actually you don't even have to know me…just look at the CAD color scheme. So it is no surprise that Chun glazes are some of my favorites. In today's post, an excerpt from his book The Ceramic Spectrum, Robin Hopper explains what makes these glazes so lovely. And he shares a couple of recipes for Chun Glazes.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
When WangLing Chou was an international student, she developed a habit of traveling light and repurposing and reusing objects out of necessity. This habit made its way into her clay work as well. In today's post, an excerpt from the March/April 2014 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, she shares how she repurposed plastic soda bottles as fun molds for functional pots. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
From decorative handles to functional spouts, attachments are featured in much of Martha Grover's pottery. Since she works in porcelain, she has to be extra careful to make sure her attachments are stuck on tight. What she came up with to alleviate attachment headaches is a super sticky joining slip made of paper clay and vinegar. In today's excerpt from her new DVD Creating Curves with Clay (which is on SALE this weekend!), Martha shows us how she makes her joining slip and attaches a handle. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
It's hard not to love a good old classic glaze like a Shino or a Celadon. But sometimes you just need a change. Deanna Ranlett pushes experimentation with her students to make glaze mixing fun as well as educational. In today's post, Deanna explains a recent experimentation on the classic glaze Falls Creek Shino. In addition to sharing how they conducted the experiment, Deanna shares the recipes and results. -
While in graduate school, Elizabeth Sparks became interested in traditional slipware pottery. So she tore through books and magazines to learn about the technique. She combined that research with an interest in using local raw materials. In today's post, she shares her slip dotting and feathering techniques.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
Egyptian paste or faience is a low-fire mixture of ceramic materials containing clay, sand, colorants, frits, and soluble salts. These salts effervesce to the surface along with water as the paste slowly dries, forming crystals, which create a self-glazing clay-glaze hybrid once fired. Deborah Sigel was intrigued by the properties of Egyptian paste the opportunity to “build sculpturally with color" and today, in an excerpt from the March/April 2013 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, Mary Cloonan explains Deborah's interesting process and beautiful results.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
Karen Swyler takes a subtle approach to her glazing, juxtaposing raw white porcelain
surfaces with ribbons of shiny clear-glazed lines or small accents of
color. Today, in an excerpt from an upcoming Ceramics Monthly profile, she explains her less-is-more glazing technique.
Gail Kendall has a fantastic ability to manipulate clay that seems too soft to form with. Time and time again during the filming of her new video From Plate to Tureen: Slab and Coil Building, I thought to myself "there's no way that is going to work!" But time and time again, Gail pulled off what I thought was impossible! In today's video, Gail demonstrates the unconventional method she uses to make trays and platters with what she calls faux feet. I love the low-tech simplicity of this method - all you need are a slab, a coil, and your hands (plus lots of practice to get it to work with such soft clay!). - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
I often joke about the lovely views in my studio: the washer and dryer and ever present pile of laundry, the only slightly private basement toilet, you get the idea. So I like to post excerpts from Ceramics Monthly's Studio Visit department from time to time so I can daydream about the day my studio ceases to be subterranean. In today's post, British artist Matthew Chambers takes us on a virtual tour of his studio on the Isle of Wight.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.