Two Ways to Sculpt Eyes on a Ceramic Figure

Ceramics Daily - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 3:00am
When sculpting the human head, Melisa Cadell starts with a thick cylinder so she is able to add volume and life both from the inside and outside. In today’s post, an excerpt from her new video Figure Sculpting in Clay, Melisa demonstrates two ways to approach the eyes when sculpting in this manner. – Jennifer... Read More »
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How to Combine Patterns for Beautiful All-Over Decoration

Ceramics Daily - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 3:00am
Inspired by cast glassware and vintage textiles, Colleen McCall decorates her stoneware pots from top to bottom using layers of porcelain slip, underglaze colors, and white, breaking tin glaze. She makes her patterns by taking motifs from various sources and combining them into her own unique designs.   In today’s post, an excerpt from the... Read More »
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Coil Building Expressive Ceramic Sculpture

Ceramics Daily - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 3:00am

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. 

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How to Dress Up a Tray with Custom Extruded Trim

Ceramics Daily - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 3:00am

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.

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How to Make a Square Baking Dish and Fill it with Rhubarb Crisp

Ceramics Daily - Mon, 06/15/2015 - 3:06am

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.

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Sketching in Space: How to Get a Quick Start on Sculpting the Hand

Ceramics Daily - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 3:10am
Figure is not an area of ceramics that I have explored much probably because it seems like such an overwhelming endeavor. But watching Melisa Cadell’s new video Figure Sculpting in Clay, made me want to give it a try.   In today’s excerpt, Melisa shows how you can start off with a simple tracing of... Read More »
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How to Press Mold a Large Bowl in Sections

Ceramics Daily - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 5:47am
Those of you who are avid CAD readers may remember the work of Belgian artist Ann Van Hoey from a couple of years ago when she won the CAD Peoples Choice Emerging Artist award. I was immediately smitten by her work and even more smitten when I saw the snippet of her making it in... Read More »
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Bowl Making Turned Upside-Down

Ceramics Daily - Mon, 06/08/2015 - 3:23am

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.


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Screen Printing and Mono Printing Techniques on a Simple Handbuilt Plate

Ceramics Daily - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 3:07am

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.

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How to Use Slip Inlay with Wax to Create Thin Lined Decoration on Pottery

Ceramics Daily - Wed, 06/03/2015 - 3:39am

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.

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3 Cone 6 Glaze Recipes for the Lichen Look

Ceramics Daily - Mon, 06/01/2015 - 7:35am
As we all know, glaze defects are not all bad. Ceramic artists can use them to great effect on both pots and sculptures. Most are not safe for surfaces that come in contact with food, but as long as food surfaces are avoided, these glazes can be quite beautiful on a pot.   In today’s... Read More »
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Handbuilding Nesting Bowls with Hump and Slump Molds

Ceramics Daily - Mon, 06/01/2015 - 3:05am

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! 

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How to Dress up a Wheel Thrown Bowl with Curves

Ceramics Daily - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 3:18am

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! 


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Guidelines for Using Commercial Stains in Glazes

Ceramics Daily - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 8:05am

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.

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A Potter Shares the Lessons She has Learned from Tracking Her Hourly Earnings

Ceramics Daily - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 11:36am

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.

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Making the Perfect Pottery Tools with the Tools at Hand

Ceramics Daily - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 4:42am

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.

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Working with Homemade Tools and Bisque Molds to Create Texture on the Inside of a Bowl

Ceramics Daily - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 6:16pm
What’s not to love about texture and clay? After all, it’s clay’s wonderful malleability that got us all hooked in the first place. And textured clay can work so well with glaze.   In today’s post, an excerpt from her new video Low Tech Clay: High End Results, Kari Radasch shares a simple technique for... Read More »
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4 Successful Potters Give Advice on How to Make a Living Making Pottery

Ceramics Daily - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 12:26pm

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.

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Block Printing Stamps: A No-Fire Way to Make a Great Impression

Ceramics Daily - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:58am

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. 


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Two Fun and Simple Ways to Alter the Rims of Wheel Thrown Plates

Ceramics Daily - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 3:20am

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.

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