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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