Ceramic sculptor Arthur Gonzalez was trained as a photorealist painter, but grew to dislike the control and predictability of that genre. So it is no surprise that when he discovered ceramics (not exactly known for its predictability!) he became hooked. He explains, "I can instantly materialize a thought and then destroy it if it does not deliver what I need." This immediacy satisfies a love of exploration. In today's post, Arthur explains how he approaches his coil-built figurative clay sculpture.
There's a lot more to the extruder than making strap handles. With a multitude of commercial dies or custom homemade dies, the only limit is the imagination. In today's post, an excerpt from his brand new DVD The Extruder Video: Making the Most Out of Your Clay Extruder, Daryl Baird shows how he dresses up an ordinary extruded tray with trim made from a custom credit card die.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
In my neck of the woods, it's the time of year when rhubarb starts peeking up through the cold ground. So when I saw Sumi von Dassow's article on how to make a baker for rhubarb crisp going into the March/April 2013 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, I knew I had to share it. In this post, Sumi demonstrates how she makes her lovely square baking dishes (that are great for any type of baked dessert - not just rhubarb!). Plus she shares a recipe for rhubarb crisp from the lovely Sarah Jaeger! - Jennifer Harnetty editor.
Throwing large bowls has been something that has dogged me for quite some time. There's a certain size bowl that I just cannot seem to get past and while it's ample, it is not necessarily what I would call large.
So I really like Martina Lantin's bowl making process, which literally turns the typical bowl making technique on its head. In today's post, Martina shares her upside-down bowl technique. Not only does this technique make larger bowls more achievable, but it opens the doors for adding gestural qualities as well. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
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.
Making thin lines on pottery is a challenge with a slip trailer, but there are a couple other options that can get the job done: mishima, slip inlay with wax, and maybe some others. In today's post, we'll focus on slip inlay with wax. Doug Peltzman uses this technique, combined with some latex resist to create his beautiful segmented decoration. Read on to see how he does it! - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
Nesting bowls are a project I have been meaning to take on for a while. I've always wanted to make a set of bowls that fit nicely together like Matryoshka nesting dolls. So, I've been trying to figure out the best approach - handbuilt or wheel thrown. After seeing Courtney Murphy's nifty method for making nesting bowls, which I am sharing in today's post, I am leaning toward handbuilding. See what you think!
The cereal bowl selection at my house consists mainly of all of my reject bowls from over the years. It's a motley crew of old, wonky pieces that make me want to reach for the nearest sledgehammer every time I open the cupboard. So I am on a mission: to replace them with more recent work that is finally feeling a bit more resolved and successful. So since I am bowl obsessed, I thought I would share an inspirational bowl video. In this clip, an excerpt from her DVD Creating Curves with Clay (which is now available ad a digital download!), Martha Grover demonstrates how she dresses up a basic ice cream or cereal bowl with curves inspired by orchids and flowing dresses. Enjoy!
It’s really pretty hard to find a bad thing to say about commercial stains. They produce brilliant colors, are safe to use, and are very reliable. I suppose the only negative is that they can be pricey, but that priciness can be made up for in time savings and predictability. In today’s post, an excerpt from Electric Kiln Ceramics, Frederick Bartolovic and Richard Zakin give some guidelines for using commercial stains in studio-made glazes. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
Wondering how much money you actually make selling pots—after accounting for labor, materials, show fees, marketing, selling, packing, shipping, travel, general paperwork, etc? Mea Rhee tracked and figured out her hourly earnings in 2010, which she shared in Ceramics Monthly and on CAD a few years ago.
In today’s post, an excerpt from the June/July/August 2015 issue of Ceramics Monthly, Rhee shares some of the adjustments she’s needed to make to stay successful.
Clay tools are a potter's best friend - especially homemade tools designed to be perfect for specific tasks. Just by doing some creative searching, it’s amazing how many useful tools can be gleaned from around the home. As Deb Oliva explains in today's post, you can use everything from beads to discarded plastic-wrap boxes to create what you need exactly when you need it. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
Probably every aspiring ceramic artist has pondered at great lengths how to make pottery their full time gig. It’s not an easy road these days, and if you want to succeed in the pottery business, you really need to make a good careful plan.
In today’s post, we have gathered some great advice from four successful potters that might just help you when making your plan. In this excerpt from this year’s working potters issue of Ceramics Monthly, Amelia Stamps, Anderson Bailey, Steven Rolf, and Jeremy Ayers share their tips and the lessons they’ve learned along the way. Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
There are myriad ways to get texture on clay - one of these being the handmade bisque stamp. But sometimes you just want more immediate gratification. That's where carving block printing material comes in. In today's post, Ann Ruel explains how to use these printing tools to easily create your own stamp designs (with no need to own a kiln). These could come in handy for someone who works at a community art center and doesn't want to wait for a bisque stamp to be fired.
Altering forms is a great way to put your own personal touch on them. Jennifer Allen started her exploration of altering pots on plates and mug forms.
In today's post, an excerpt from her new video Darted and Decorated: Techniques for Enhancing Form and Surface, Jen shares two altering techniques for wheel-thrown plates. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.