How to Use Cheap Craft Store Tools to Add Playful Details to a Wheel Thrown Cup

Ceramics Daily - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 9:00pm
Ever since buying one of Chandra Debuse's yunomi's a couple of years ago, I wondered how she created the biomorphic volumes that give these forms their wonderful Seuss-like quality. Turns out, they are made with the aid of craft foam - that craft store staple that is ubiquitous in children's art projects.Chandra reveals the secrets... Read More »
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Successful Tips and Techniques for Raku Firing: How to Select Raku Clays, Glazes, Kilns and Combustibles

Ceramics Daily - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 11:53pm
Raku firing is expressive, exciting and fun. Whether you’re raku firing in your own studio or taking part in a group raku firing at a school, workshop or community center, raku offers many rewards. Raku firing is one of the most exciting processes in ceramics. After you place your pottery into a raku kiln, the anticipation builds as you wait for that final moment when the intense heat begins to melt the raku glazes. When you remove the pieces when the glazes begin to melt, you can feel the heat and hear the pings your red hot work rapidly cooling, then it’s into the raku combustibles for a round of flame and smoke. Many surprises await you as you clean the surface and reveal the wonders of raku pottery.
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The Irresistible Surface: Layering Pottery Glazes and Trapping Carbon to Create Loosely Geometric Repeating Patterns

Ceramics Daily - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 9:00pm
As we all know, in ceramics, trial and error is an integral part of the learning process - and often it can feel like mostly error. But it's the way it goes with this medium, and each little bit of wisdom these little failures yield, gets us closer to success.Peter Karner developed his surface decoration... Read More »
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Altering Wheel Thrown Pottery to Integrate Form with Surface Illustration

Ceramics Daily - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 10:23am
I am always amazed that no matter how long I have been making ceramic videos for Ceramic Arts Daily, each and every one has something new to offer. Our latest release, Gestural Imagery and Form with Mel Griffin, has some wonderful pottery design ideas, and in today’s clip, I am sharing one of them.In this... Read More »
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Gestural Imagery & Form with Mel Griffin

Ceramics Daily - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 7:26am
In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video series, Mel Griffin presents her techniques for creating illustrated pottery that truly merges the surface and the form. A painter and illustrator at heart, but also in love with the ceramic process, Mel doesn’t simply draw on the surfaces of her work. Instead she demonstrates how she draws into the surface, taking advantage of clay’s malleability to create further expression and movement. She begins by explaining where she looks for drawing inspiration, and then demonstrates how she breaks down source imagery into basic shapes and lines to create energetic sketches. Next she goes through the entire making process for a plate, bowl, and cup - from throwing the forms, to transferring the designs to the surface, to altering the form to enhance the drawing, and all the way through the decorating process. If you are interested in making dynamic expressive work, let Mel be your guide.
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An Introduction to Electric Kilns: What to Look For When Buying an Electric Kiln or Test Kiln

Ceramics Daily - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 9:00pm
It goes without saying that kilns are a crucial part of the ceramic process. Without them, your work will not last (or be usable!). Electric kilns are the most easily accessible type of kiln, and they are pretty straightforward, but it still can be difficult to know what you should look for when purchasing an electric  kiln. In today's post,... Read More »
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A Tour of Potter Patricia Griffin’s Ceramics Studio

Ceramics Daily - Mon, 01/25/2016 - 12:54pm
We haven’t posted a pottery studio visit in a while, so when I saw the lovely former one-room-schoolhouse studio of Patricia Griffin in the February 2016 issue of Ceramics Monthly, I had to share.In this post, Patricia explains how she was able to rent this historical building from the local Lion’s Club after she outgrew... Read More »
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A Colorful Variation on the Naked Raku Firing Technique

Ceramics Daily - Mon, 01/25/2016 - 7:41am
The definition of raku firing (American-style) is “a firing process in which work is removed from the kiln at bright red heat and subjected to post-firing reduction (or smoking) by placing in containers of combustible materials, which blackens raw clay and creates cracks in glaze. But as with anything in ceramics, there is not just... Read More »
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Chemistry for Potters: A Simplified Explanation of Common Glaze Materials

Ceramics Daily - Mon, 01/25/2016 - 7:11am
If you’re like me, the mention of the word chemistry can send you into a panic - admittedly not my favorite subject. But I love ceramics, so I realized a while back that I had to face my fears and try to get a grasp on glaze chemistry.Yes, a general knowledge of ceramics chemistry and... Read More »
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How to Pull a Super-Sized Handle for Larger Pottery Forms

Ceramics Daily - Mon, 01/25/2016 - 6:11am
There have been many times in my pottery-making days when I have wished I had an extra hand (or two!). One of those times is when I have been trying to create a nice pulled handle for a larger piece, but traditional handle pulling was too cumbersome. Sure, I could handbuild a handle, but sometimes... Read More »
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Circular Logic: How to Explore Shapes for Handbuilding

Ceramics Daily - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 9:00pm
I find it challenging to go from a flat slab of clay to a functional vessel (probably explains why I mostly throw). It is just hard to picture what a two-dimensional shape is going to do when it's folded into a three dimensional shape.So I loved this little explanation by Sandi Pierantozzi. In this clip... Read More »
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Ceramic Jewelry

Ceramics Daily - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 2:00am

Ceramic Jewelry inspires anyone wishing to explore jewelry and
body adornment using clay with or without other materials. By developing
new skills with different materials it may be possible to further
develop your work and broaden its scope.


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Throwing Large

Ceramics Daily - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 1:00am

Throwing large work is a challenging area and takes a different approach than throwing normal ware. This book looks at throwing purely from the perspective of making very large work. It assumes you can already throw, but different techniques are needed when making large work because of all the added problems. This book covers the various techniques used as well as how to avoid disastrous pitfalls.

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Wall Pieces

Ceramics Daily - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 12:00am

Over the last decade, the innovation and determination of ceramicists to push the boundaries of clay as well as people's perceptions of the material has been both surprising and exciting. Wall Pieces offers inspiration for a material that's extremely versatile, natural and beautiful. You'll get an insight into how makers from all over the world are working with clay and the wall space in an exciting and dynamic manner. This book also provides some technical information and guidelines to help get you started in designing, creating and hanging your own wall piece.

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Ceramics Daily - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 10:00pm

potter John Mathieson provides a clear and concise overview of the raku
process, covering all the essentials—clay types, post firing reduction
methods, and equipment. You'll also enjoy the tips and techniques
shared by 30 experts on topics spanning the entire raku process from
conception to final reduction.

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Large-scale Ceramics

Ceramics Daily - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 9:00pm

Well-illustrated with images depicting large scale works from many parts of the world and the process of their construction, it is written in a lively and entertaining style suitable for anyone with an interest in ceramics and includes examples of the authors work over a 20 year period.

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After 30 Years a Potter Changes to a Painterly Approach to His Pottery Surfaces Using Colored Slips

Ceramics Daily - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 9:00pm
Sometimes you just need a change. Tim Ludwig began to feel that his work needed a change about ten years ago, so he took a workshop with Bede Clark. After seeing Bede work with slips and colored stains, he found the direction he wanted to take. He's been perfecting his technique ever since.In today's post,... Read More »
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Combining Coil Pottery and Press Molds to Create a Cool Shot Glass Set

Ceramics Daily - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 6:52am
 Brice Dyer’s family has always valued special occasions - using the fancy china and candles for those special dinners. The idea of using certain objects for only deserving occasions, combined with his love of rock climbing were the source of inspiration for his ceramic shot glasses and tray.In today’s post, Brice shares how he uses... Read More »
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Raku, Pit & Barrel: Firing Techniques

Ceramics Daily - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 12:00am

<p>&lt;p&gt;&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;p&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;lt;p&amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;p&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;In &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;em&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;Raku, Pit &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; Barrel: Firing Techniques &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/em&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;you’ll discover some of the most beautiful alternatively fired work, as&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;br /&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt; well as extensive how-to techniques and step-by-step instructions to help you duplicate the processes in your own studio. Explore dozens of techniques and discover the many special effects available using these ancient firing methods. You’ll love the experience of working with glowing red-hot pieces in a raku kiln, uncovering pots from a pit fire or peeling the aluminum foil off your latest saggar experiment.&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/span&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;/p&gt;</p>

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Throwing & Handbuilding: Forming Techniques

Ceramics Daily - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 11:00pm

Throwing and handbuilding are at the core of all studio ceramics techniques. Through imagination and experimentation, some of the most skilled artists and craftsmen can take these basic techniques and often produce extremely creative works of art. With practice and patience, the coil pot or tall narrow form can become works of art suitable for galleries and collectors.

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