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Narrative Animal Sculpture with Lisa Naples

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Animals have long been used as symbols in storytelling all around the world, and visual artists have been using animal figures in artwork for just as long. In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents Video Series, Lisa Naples shares her insights and techniques on sculpting animals in clay to tell stories. She begins with a mixed media project, explaining not only the ins and outs of sculpting convincing mammal forms in clay, but also the technical issues of building clay pieces to successfully mesh with non clay materials. She also explores the process of pairing animal parts with pottery forms, creating a sculptural bird vase. In addition, Lisa shows how to make the figures come alive through her fabulous brush work and dry-brush slip application. Throughout the video, Lisa shares her insights on how to play with ideas and incorporate symbolism and meaning into your work.

Masters: Porcelain

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Pure white and wonderfully delicate, porcelain is a gorgeous and notoriously challenging clay body. In Masters: Porcelain, you’ll see the incredible work of 40 artists who have mastered the material. Curated by Richard Burkett, this collection expands and challenges traditional perceptions of what the medium can — and should — do. The work shown here represents the great diversity in practice — both technical and aesthetic — that porcelain affords the ceramists who mine its tremendous potential.

Out of the Fire – Featuring Kevin Crowe

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New Video Release! This video offers a look into the world of wood-firing potters, who use ancient, labor-intensive techniques to achieve stunning surfaces on their pots. Join potter and Chair Elect of the Potters Council Advisory Board Kevin Crowe, apprentice Krista Loomans, and their crew as they complete a four day kiln firing of nearly 2000 clay pots.
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Gesture and Form: Wheel Throwing and Handbuilding

NickJoerlingDVDSleeve_300T In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video series, Nick Joerling shares his techniques for combining handbuilding and wheel throwing to make his signature animated pottery. Enamored with marks and gestures that can only be made on a spinning wheel, Nick begins the video — as well as most of his work — on the potters wheel. He then switches to the table top so he can stretch the clay further into forms that are imbued with sensuality, life, and humor. In addition, he explains his glazing and decorating process and shares glaze recipes in the bonus features. Along the way, he shares tips, techniques, as well as aesthetic insights for creating functional pottery that engages the imagination.

Masters: Earthenware

As the world’s oldest clay body, earthenware is anything but outdated. On the contrary, after flipping through the pages of Masters: Earthenware, you’ll see it has never been more cutting edge. Curated by the late Matthias Ostermann and edited by Ray Hemachandra, this beautifully illustrated book reveals the tremendous imagination, innovation, and technical facility that today’s artists bring to this versatile clay body.

Handbuilt Forms with Soft Slabs

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In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video series, Liz Zlot Summerfield demonstrates her techniques for making handbuilt functional pottery with soft slabs and energetic surfaces. Liz explains how to develop interesting forms and the how to effectively use various materials to develop a creative look and feel for the surface. You’ll enjoy the easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions geared to clay lovers at every skill level.