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pinched_620 How to Incorporate Colored Clay into Delicate Pinched Coil Vases

With their delicate undulating rims, Cheryl Malone’s seemingly paper-thin vases bear a striking resemblance to flower petals. No surprise since Cheryl is inspired by the growth patterns of plants and their similarities to the coil building process. To pull off such petal thin work through the coil/pinch process takes practice, and in an excerpt from our new release Handbuiling Techniques, Cheryl shares her secrets to making it happen. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

May 6, 2015 5:02 am Published by 22 Comments
WarmItup_620 Time to Warm Up! 5 Red and Orange Glaze Recipes

After a long brutal winter, spring is hopefully here to stay. So to go with the warming temperatures, I thought I would share some recipes for warm colored glazes. Today, in an excerpt from her book Colour in Glazes, Linda Bloomfield shares some glaze recipes for lovely red and orange hues.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


May 4, 2015 5:23 am Published by 6 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.

May 1, 2015 5:14 am Published by 6 Comments
Reudquist_620 How to Map Out a Complex Wall Installation

Making a large wall piece out of hundreds of forms requires some serious planning, mapping, and methodical organization, along with a whole lot of patience and passion. But if done right, the results are stunning. In today’s post, an excerpt from the May 2015 issue of Ceramics Monthly, Monica Rudquist explains how she tackled such a feat (with the aforementioned stunning results!). - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

April 29, 2015 5:17 am Published by 8 Comments
Salaff_620NEW Cutting and Pasting to Create New Pottery Forms

Shana Salaff prefers to design new forms by cutting and pasting components and playing around until she arrives at a form she likes. Sometimes she even goes back to shapes that she thinks she is too comfortable with and deliberately messes with them to see what happens.


This playful approach helped her to develop her “Cut-Rim Plates.” In today’s post, Shana explains how she cuts a wheel-thrown plate into a square and then uses the scraps to create a fresh and interesting rim.–Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

April 27, 2015 5:33 am Published by 10 Comments
scwartzkopfmug_620 How to Make an Interesting Recessed Foot on a Mug

If you are someone who likes to combine throwing and handbuilding to make interesting forms, today's video is for you. In this clip from Deborah Schwartzkopf's Pieces and Patterns: Complex Forms from Handbuilt and Wheel-Thrown Parts, she demonstrates how she makes the super cool bottoms of her cup forms with a slab and a bisque fired mold. She then skillfully attaches the base to a bottomless wheel-thrown cylinder, which she then darts and alters to make the shape just right. The best part about this is that once you make the bisque mold for the recessed foot, you can repeat it over and over again! 

April 24, 2015 6:17 am Published by 3 Comments
GEIDAI_620 Geidai University: A Self-Directed Approach to Learning Ceramics

Imagine you are a student and you are required to make a large pot using 22 pounds of clay. Now imagine that your instructor demonstrates how to do this once, and then leaves. At Tokyo University of the Fine Arts, also referred to as Geidai, the professors trust that students of all levels will be self-directed, receptive, and willing to share their knowledge with other students. In today’s post, an excerpt from the May 2015 issue of Ceramics Monthly, Geidai graduate student Maggie Connolly presents a snapshot of the intensive, yet self-directed approach the school uses to prepare students for life as ceramic artists.-Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

April 22, 2015 5:53 am Published by 1 Comment
April 20, 2015 6:28 am Published by 9 Comments
wilson_620 The Drop-Technique: How to Make Softly Textured Tiles

Lana Wilson is known for her textured surfaces and she has some pretty fun ways of coming up with said texture. Take for example her “drop technique tiles.” Looking at these, it is a little bit difficult to figure out exactly how the soft-edged texture was created. The good thing is, in today’s post, an excerpt from her new DVD Handbuilding with Color and Texture, Lana demonstrates this unusual technique!– Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

April 17, 2015 6:24 am Published by 7 Comments
Paytes_FlatFishTales Lose Weight, Get Strong: Put Your Ceramic Work on the Paper Clay Diet

Paper clay improves joining capabilities and decreases warping and shrinkage, all the while reducing the heft of the work. This makes it ideal for building complex or delicate ceramic sculpture. Ceramic artist Lisa Merida-Paytes extols the virtues of paper clay in the upcoming issue of Pottery Making Illustrated and today we're giving you a preview of that article.

April 15, 2015 6:29 am Published by 9 Comments