Posts by The.Ceramic.School

Sketching in Clay #100bottles100days

On 1st January 2018, Ceramic Artist Anna Whitehouse began a project to make 1 bottle a day for  100 days. Using a 2 part press mould she created a plain bottle every morning to be her blank canvas for the day. This process allowed her to push new ideas quickly and be far more experimental in…

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How to Design a Logo for your Pottery Business

Why you need a good logo from the start. Your Personal Brand. It’s one of the first things you should think about when starting your pottery business. First things first, you need to have your own logo. Well, it’s a waste of time building brand recognition only to re-brand later on. You might be asking…

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How to film videos that get shared on Instagram

Andy Boswell from KaolinTiger Studios shares how he created his Instagram video that got shared by HGTV. This resulted in a ton of new followers, and more importantly, a ton of sales for him over the weekend. Get 60% off our Instagram for Potters course! In our Instagram for Potters course, we teach you how…

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The Big Pottery Book List

The Big Pottery Book List

When you have the right pottery book, creating with clay can be freeing and amazing. You can create anything that you can imagine. However, it can be hard to understand how to do certain techniques correctly when you are first starting out. If you are learning at home or seeking new knowledge while taking classes,…

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Glazing Techniques and Advice for Glazing

Glazing techniques can make or break a piece, which can be frustrating for those who spend a lot of time on their work only for it to end up getting destroyed by a bad glaze application. In this article, we will cover a few of the different ways you can apply glaze, and provide tips…

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Kemper Tools: All You Need to Know About Kemper Tools

kemper tools

When it comes to pottery tools – Kemper is a well-known brand that produces Kemper Tools. They have handcrafted american tools for the Ceramic Arts community for over 50 years. Kempte tools can help all ceramicists from hand-builders to wheel throwers. In this article, we will be listing the various Kemper Tools that Kemper has,…

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How to Mishima a Mug

mishima a mug

Tap for tunes! ? A little morning Mishima jam sesh! This technique is using wax resist on leather hard pots. That sweet stage before it dries! #ceramics #potteryvideo #potteryvideos #timelapse #leatherhard #instapottery #juliaclairesclay #mishima #wip #mug #amacounderglaze #amaco #iphoneonly #piabrush @potsinaction #ceramica #porcelain #pottery #keramik #amacobrent #potterygirl #makersgonnamake #etsy #etsyseller A post shared by J…

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How to make a Darted Pitcher

how to make a darted pitcher

In this video, we see Julia Claire of JuliaClaireClay showing us how she creates a darted pitcher. Julia Claire is a ceramic artist working at Odyssey Clayworks in Asheville, North Carolina. Her work focuses on darted forms, colorful decals, and mountain imagery. What a sweet time lapse app! Tap for jams ?! I’ve been working…

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Making Peacock Feathers with Mocha Diffusion

peacock feathers

Peacock feather inspired bulb vase. Using the Mocha Diffusion technique allows for some creative layering. Here is one of the first things that came to mind. Looking forward to more experimenting. . . . . #ceramics #pottery #mochadiffusion #peacock #peacockfeathers #bulbvase #moonvase A post shared by Kevin Kowalski (@kowalskipottery) on Jul 1, 2017 at 11:09am…

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How to Throw a Nine Pound Bowl

nine pound bowl

Just some Saturday morning meditation while I wait for my kiln to cool! ✌?Listening to Odesza in my Odesza crew! Big ol bowl! 9 1.2 lbs! I could have stretched it further I think BuT safety first! Ohh! And I’ll pull the giveaway winner this afternoon! ?#potteryvideo #potteryvideos #ceramics #wheelthrown #porcelain #popthoseairbubbles #pottery #potterywheel #iphoneonly…

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Making Your Own Chuck

throwing a chuck

When it comes to trimming there is no one single way to trim every piece. Some pieces will require special attention and methods to ensure that they survive the trimming process. Chucks will help potters trim everything from cups, chip and dip platters, teapots, altered vases and many more unique and sometimes strangely shaped pieces.…

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How to Make a Funnel for Pour Over Coffee

How to Make a Funnel for Pour Over Coffee

In this video, we see John Britt showing us how he creates funnels for pour over coffee. John Britt is a studio potter in Baskerville, North Carolina. John is a self-taught potter who has taught and worked extensively at many locations including at Penland School of Crafts. John is also the author of The Complete…

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How to Throw off the Hump

pot throwing

Throwing off the hump can save time when it comes to throwing multiple pieces in one sitting. There are certain precautions that must be taken in order for the thrown pieces to survive, but once the precautions are taken the thrown pieces will survive with little failure. In this article, we are going to discuss…

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How to Make Ceramic Luminaries

ceramic Luminaries

In this video, we see John Britt showing us how he creates ceramic luminaries for candles. John Britt is a studio potter in Baskerville, North Carolina. John is a self-taught potter who has taught and worked extensively at many locations including at Penland School of Crafts. John is also the author of The Complete Guide…

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20 Ways to Stay Safe in the Pottery Studio

Pottery Studio Safety

Studio safety is key to living a long and healthy life as a potter. In our line of work, we can come into contact with many different job hazards that can cause us grief down the road. Being cautious and taking preventative measures is the best way to stay safe in the studio for the…

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How to Make a Sink

pottery sink

In this video, we see George Sifounios from Sifoutv Pottery demonstrating how to make a sink on the wheel. George Sifounios is a potter from Leros Island, Greece. He has been a potter since he was 25. George focuses on teaching others how to do pottery through instructional videos. These videos cover topics from throwing,…

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How to Make a Square Lasagna Dish

Square Lasagna Dish

In this video, we see Bill van Gilder showing us how he makes a square lasagna dish. Bill van Gilder is a potter that resides atop of South Mountain in Central Maryland. He has been a professional potter for more than 45 years. Bill has established and managed two large training pottery centers in Southern…

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How to Make a Wine Goblet

Wine Goblet

In this video, Janis Wilson Hughes from Evolution Stoneware Pottery demonstrates how to make a wine goblet. Janis Wilson Hughes is a potter from Johnson City, Tennessee. Her work focuses on functional tableware that mainly relates to bottle forms and containers for liquids. These items range from decanters, olive oil bottles, mugs, teapots, and cups.…

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How to Make a Ceramic Ashtray

ceramic ashtray

In this video, we see George Sifounios from Sifoutv Pottery demonstrating how to make an ashtray. George Sifounios is a potter from Leros Island, Greece. He has been a potter since he was 25. George focuses on teaching others how to do pottery through instructional videos. These videos cover topics from throwing, glazing, decorating, and…

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How to Throw a Leaf Platter

In this video, we see Bill van Gilder demonstrating how to throw a leaf platter. Bill van Gilder is a potter that resides atop of South Mountain in Central Maryland. He has been a professional potter for more than 45 years. Bill has established and managed two large training pottery centers in Southern Africa. He…

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How to Make a Closed Salt Shaker

In this video, we see John Britt showing us how he creates a closed salt shaker. John Britt is a studio potter in Baskerville, North Carolina. John is a self-taught potter who has taught and worked extensively at many locations including at Penland School of Crafts. John is also the author of The Complete Guide…

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How to make a Greek Stamnos for Water

In this video, we see George Sifounios from Sifoutv Pottery demonstrating how to make a Greek stamnos for holding water. George Sifounios is a potter from Leros Island, Greece. He has been a potter since he was 25. George focuses on teaching others how to do pottery through instructional videos. These videos cover topics from…

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Best Light Boxes

best light boxes

Light boxes are extremely helpful for photographing your work. The difference between photos of ceramics that have been photographed in a light box is tremendous. If you want to get into galleries and other prestigious events, then you need top quality photographs. If you want top quality photographs, then you need a great light box.…

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Things to Look for in a Potential Art Fair

potential art fair

Art fairs can be a very fun and interesting way to interact with the art community and establish a strong network in the art world. At the same time, art fairs can be very expensive so it is important to choose the right ones so that you earn a profit and not a loss at…

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How to Clean your Studio

how to clean your studio

Cleaning your studio regularly is essential to having a safe environment to work. If you do not clean a pottery studio regularly then the dust from the clay can build up and cause long-term issues with your health. In this article, we are going to discuss how to clean your studio, steps to clean your…

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How to Make a Spoon Rest

spoon rest

In this video, Janis Wilson Hughes from Evolution Stoneware Pottery demonstrates how to make a spoon rest. Janis Wilson Hughes is a potter from Johnson City, Tennessee. Her work focuses on functional tableware that mainly relates to bottle forms and containers for liquids. These items range from decanters, olive oil bottles, mugs, teapots, and cups.…

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Dipping Tongs and Pot Lifters

When it comes to working in the studio, dipping tongs and pot lifters can make a potters’ job much easier. While there are other tools that might be able to do a similar or maybe even better job these two tools are long-lasting and could be beneficial to add them to your tools. In this…

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How to Create a Chattered Texture

chattered texture

In this video, Jason Sonsthagen from FoxRiverPottery shows us how he creates a chattered texture on a mug. Little chattering on a fresh mug. #pottery #pottersofinstagram #porcelain #handmade #potterywheel #texture #chatter #ceramics #studio A post shared by ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀FOX RIVER POTTERY (@foxriverpottery) on Jan 22, 2017 at 4:09pm PST How To Successfully Create a Chattered Texture…

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How to Make a Cheese Bell and Plate

In this video, we see Dan from Ingleton Pottery demonstrating how to throw a cheese bell and plate on the wheel. Who is Dan of Ingleton Pottery? Dan is a potter from the Yorkshire Dales village of Ingleton, by the riverside. Dan is part of a small family run business that produces high fired and…

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How to Take Great Photos of Your Ceramics

DIY light box

When it comes to taking photos of your work it is important to know what to do and what to avoid in order to get the best possible photos. If you are trying to get into galleries, art shows, or art fairs it can be hard when your photos are not good enough. This also…

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Best Music for the Pottery Studio

When it comes to working in the studio everyone has preferences for what environment they like to create in. Some people prefer silence, while others enjoy listening to music in order to help them work better in the studio. If you enjoy listening to music, this article can help you choose what music best fits…

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How to Emboss

How to Emboss

Embossing has been around for decades and is commonly used to create a raised texture on paper craft and cards.  Embossing is a very simple process – All you basically need is embossing glue, embossing powder and a heat gun. Since the introduction of embossing glue pens, embossing has become a popular art form among…

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Best Gadgets for the Pottery Studio

Best Gadgets for The Studio

Every pottery studio needs gadgets. Working can be made much more enjoyable if you have the right gadgets. Pottery studio gadgets can help make your environment livelier and make tasks easier to complete. The following 9 pottery studio gadgets that can be used in your potters’ studio, and are very helpful to making working in…

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How to Make a Juicer

make a juicer

In this video, we see John Britt showing us how he creates a juicer for fruits such as lemons, limes, and oranges. John Britt is a studio potter in Baskerville, North Carolina. John is a self-taught potter who has taught and worked extensively at many locations including at Penland School of Crafts. John is also…

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Kiln Location

Kiln Location

Kilns are an essential tool for any potter and great care should be used when buying and installing a kiln, and one of the most important parts of getting a kiln is figuring out the kiln location. Disastrous events can occur if you were to place a kiln in an improper environment or install it incorrectly.…

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Pottery Without A Wheel

pottery without a wheel

There are many ways to create pottery without a pottery wheel, and this video from British Instructional Films shows you how you can: 1) Create a thumb pot. 2) Create a coil pot. 3) Create a coil duck sculpture. 4) Create a tile. And all of these things, plus many more can be created without the use of a pottery wheel.

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How to Throw a Pear

How to Throw a Pear

throwing a happy little pear?#pears #sculpture #porcelain #pottery #potteryvideos #clay #ceramics #wheelthrown #wheelthrownpottery A post shared by Don & Cristina (@fishpaint5) on May 8, 2017 at 2:30pm PDT In this video, we see Don from FishPaint5 demonstrating how he throws and shapes a pear on the wheel. Don is a teacher of ceramics and his…

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How to Throw a Pumpkin

How to Throw a Pumpkin

Be sure to read the caption at the end of the video. The pumpkin behind me is a 200lb thrown piece from when I was young and crazy, still crazy but old?#pumpkin#clay #ceramics #wheelthrown #shino A post shared by Don & Cristina (@fishpaint5) on Mar 10, 2017 at 9:27am PST In this video, we see…

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How to Sgraffito

Sgraffito

Focus. Meditation at *work*. #canadianceramics #greenwoodpottery #sgraffito #blackandwhite #pottery #clay #theclayspace A post shared by Rachel Greenwood (@rachelgreenwood_pottery) on Feb 24, 2016 at 1:13pm PST In this video, Rachel Greenwood of CanvasAndClay shows us how she sgraffitos. Rachel Greenwood is a co-owner and instructor at The Clay Space and her work focuses on carved and…

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How to Organize Your Pottery Studio

How to Organize your Pottery Studio

Keeping your pottery studio organized can be hard work. Studios are a potter’s personal creative space, and like all creative spaces – they can get very messy very quickly. Pottery studios vary from potter to potter; we all have our own preference as to where things go, how things are done, and the cleaning of…

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Using a Vacuum to Glaze

vacuum to glaze

Feeling Mos def Glazing pottery with help from shop vac #pottery #potter #hiphop #artist A post shared by Rich Brown (@pottery32) on Mar 15, 2017 at 5:25pm PDT In this video, we see Rich Brown from Pottery32 using a vacuum to assist with glazing. Rich Brown is potter and middle school art teacher of 15…

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Using a Balloon to Glaze

balloon to glaze

Trying my hand at balloon resist. Seems to work pretty well. Shot by @mulberryandelm. . #mugshotmonday #mug #cup #ceramics #pottery #stoneware #glazing #workinprogress #wip #potteryvideo #potteryvideos A post shared by Jeremy Smoler (@jeremy_smoler) on Apr 10, 2017 at 12:35pm PDT In this video, we see Jeremy from Jeremy_Smoler demonstrating how he glazes the outside of…

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Paper Resist for Underglazing

paper resist for underglazing

surprise face #pollyfern #ceramics #illustration #paperresist A post shared by Polly Fern (@pollyfern) on Apr 25, 2016 at 10:40am PDT In this video, we see Polly Fern from PollyFern showing how paper resists works. Polly is an illustrator, ceramicist, and canary keeper in the Uk whose work focuses on characters and animals with colorful underglazes…

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How to Make It Easier to Glaze Large Bowls

glaze large bowls

Double dipping a larger bowl. I use the knife to help get the excess glaze out of this form. My carpal tunnel and ulnar nerve issues make it painful to “tilt” the piece all the way. I came up with this solution in a dream I had. It works well. Firing off the first kiln…

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How to Glaze Long Pieces

glaze long pieces

glazing a 28″ tall vase?#potterymaking #potteryvideos #bigpot #pottery #ceramics #clay #glazing A post shared by Don & Cristina (@fishpaint5) on Apr 22, 2017 at 8:49pm PDT In this video, we see Don from FishPaint5 demonstrating how to easily glaze a long piece. Don is a teacher of ceramics and his work focuses on functional pieces…

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Calipers: All You Need to Know

metal caliper

Potters use calipers to measure things, usually openings and galleries in lidded forms. Calipers can be very helpful for potters and help get rid of the guesswork. Calipers also have lots of other beneficial uses, and in this article, we will discuss them. We will also discuss the different caliper options, and some suggested places…

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How to Carve a Spiral Faceted Mug

spiral faceted mug

・ 斜面取です。 根性が曲がっているので、ねじりながら削るのも楽しく削れます!笑 ・・ Faceting! ・・・ #うつわ#器#面取り#面取 #ceramics #pottery #porcelain A post shared by Haruya Abe 阿部春弥 (@abe_haruya) on Aug 13, 2016 at 7:04pm PDT In this video, we can see Abe Haruya from Abe_Haruya creating a spiral faceted cup. Abe Haruya’s work focuses on faceting, design work on the center of bowls and plates,…

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How to Throw a Marbled Mug

how to throw a marbled mug

Made a buncha cups today ? I’ve got a couple shows to prep for!! #myhandsarepruny A post shared by Melanie Westheiden (@swellceramics) on Jul 6, 2017 at 2:54pm PDT In this video, we see Melanie Westheiden from Swell Ceramics throwing a marbled mug. Melanie is from the Outer Banks and her work currently focuses on…

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Carving the Rim of a Plate for Variety

carving the rim

・ Merry X’mas. ・・ #しのぎ#矢羽根#阿部春弥 #ceramics #pottery #porcelain #クリスマス感ゼロ #これは3寸皿#手数で勝負 A post shared by Haruya Abe 阿部春弥 (@abe_haruya) on Dec 23, 2016 at 9:47pm PST In this video, we can see Abe Haruya from Abe_Haruya adding a design onto the rim of his plate for variety. How to Carve The Rim On The Plate If…

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Two Ways to Facet a Mug

・ さて、どこへ人形を持って行くのでしょう? ・ Faceting. ・ #うつわ#器#マグカップ#阿部春弥 #pottery #ceramics #porcelain #handcraft #tableware A post shared by Haruya Abe 阿部春弥 (@abe_haruya) on Mar 25, 2017 at 1:59am PDT ・ しのぎも。 ・ part2. ・ #うつわ#器#マグカップ#阿部春弥 #pottery #ceramics #porcelain #handcraft #tableware A post shared by Haruya Abe 阿部春弥 (@abe_haruya) on Mar 25, 2017 at 2:16am PDT In these two…

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Creating a Honeycomb Pattern on a Bowl

honeycomb pattern

A post shared by Haruya Abe 阿部春弥 (@abe_haruya) on Dec 27, 2016 at 12:53am PST In this video, we can see Abe Haruya from Abe_Haruya carving a honeycomb pattern onto a bowl. Abe Haruya’s work focuses on faceting, design work on the center of bowls and plates, and simple yet elegant colors to accent his…

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Nine Ways to Stay Motivated in the Studio

When it comes to working and staying motivated in the studio, whether full time or part time, it can be hard to keep the creative juices flowing. While some people do not have a hard time continuing their work and staying motivated, others find it difficult to stay motivated and continue a project or start…

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How to Evolve from a Cylinder with Our PDF guide

There are many ways you can go beyond a cylinder to really express yourself. In this article, we will be walking you through how to make a cylinder, five shapes you can try yourself, and then giving you a pdf to draw on (Download as PDF) so you can evolve your shapes through a series of…

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How to Apply Waterslide Decals

how to apply waterslide decals

How to Apply Waterslide Decals. Waterslide decals are ceramic decals that are specifically made to transfer images from paper to already glazed ceramics or glass.

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Kazu Oba

Kazu Oba

Kazu Oba is a Japanese potter and contemporary sculptor based in Colorado.

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How to use an Atomizer Sprayer / Glaze Sprayer

Atomizer Sprayer

Patricia Bridges of Bridges Pottery shows us how to use a “Glaze Sprayer” or “Atomizer Sprayer” to decorate your ceramics with glaze. This is a great way to build up different layers and different patterns of glaze. Its fun to try out and experiment with, and can help give you a unique style.

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How to Create an Angular Mug

angular mug

Gotta love how malleable clay is. You can make it round, make it square, then make it round again. Always remember to bend before you break. A post shared by Andy Boswell (@kaolintiger) on Jul 6, 2017 at 3:29pm PDT In this video, Andy Boswell from Kaolintiger shows us how he adds some angles to…

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How to Throw a Sodium Silicate Vase

How to Throw a Sodium Silicate Vase

A post shared by Kris Neal (@fire_and_earth_pottery) on Sep 21, 2016 at 2:06pm PDT In this video, Kris Neal from Fire & Earth Pottery demonstrates how to throw a sodium silicate vase. Kris explains the process step by step in the description of the video. Kris Neal says: “Here’s how it works- First I throw…

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Five Pottery Books to Add to your Collection

In our modern age of technology, information is all around us. Still, there are times where it can be difficult to find and keep track of certain useful information to assist a potter in the studio. That’s where a couple of good pottery books come in handy. Pottery books help organize information for certain audiences…

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All You Need to Know About Damp Boxes

damp boxes

Having your work dry out too soon is a challenge that potters can face in the studio if they are unprepared and do not have a damp box. What is a damp box? It is a storage container or even cabinet that stores the moisture inside of it, which then allows the clay to stay…

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Wedging Boards – All you need to know

Wedging Boards

What is a wedging board? One essential tool that everyone should have in a potters’ studio are wedging boards. These large boards allow you to wedge your clay before throwing it on the pottery wheel. There are many different options a potter can choose from when it comes to wedging boards, and your personal choice mainly…

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Pottery and Meditation

Pottery and Meditation

Pottery and Meditation: Can The Two Work in Tandem? You feel the warm clay in your hands. You smell the earth & your mind relaxes. This is your happy place. The very idea of putting pottery and meditation together may not be the first thing that springs to mind when it comes to you relaxing.…

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Pottery for Kids : The Benefits of Pottery for kids

pottery for kids

  Pottery for Kids: How do kids benefit from pottery? Pottery, for kids, is one of the most creative activities you can let your child experience. Kids are born naturally creative, and inquisitive. They are born filled to the brim with energy, and the need to express themselves. And as they grow, this need to…

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Electric Kilns

Electric Kilns

Electric Kilns: What is an electric kiln? Why should you buy an electric kiln? What types of electric kilns are there, and which kind of electric kiln is right for you?

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Toshiko Takaezu

Toshiko Takaezu developed her signature “closed form” after sealing her pots, she found her identity as an artist.Read on to know more about her life.

About Toshiko Takaezu Toshiko Takaezu was born in Pepeekeo, Hawaii. She traveled to Japan, where she studied Zen Buddhism and the techniques of traditional Japanese pottery, which influenced her work. Takaezu treated life with a sense of wholesomeness and oneness with nature; everything she did was to improve and discover herself. She believed that ceramics involved self-revelation,…

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Chris Dunn – Pit Firing Pottery

Chris Dunn Pit Firing Pottery Chris Dunn, Wellington-based potter and ceramicist shows us how he creates his beautiful pit-fired pottery. Want to try Pit firing yourself? Check out the books on Pit Firing (affiliate link) This video was made as part of ‘CREATIVE: I AM’, an online series of interviews with inspiring local artists and creators…

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Pottery Wheels – A Buyers Guide

Pottery Wheels: A Buyers Guide. What are Pottery Wheels? What’s the Best Pottery Wheel? Looking to buy a Pottery Wheel? Then this Pottery Wheel Buyers Guide is for you!

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SYDNEY DE JONG – Whatever I Damn Please

LA-based ceramist Sydney De Jong speaks with ENDPAIN about bold leaps, aging and art. “When I’m working… everything disappears, all the aches and pains. It takes your mind off yourself. You just sort of disappear.” VIA www.endpain.com Get Ceramic News Straight to your Inbox Please enter your name. Please enter a valid email address. Get…

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Gustavo Pérez

Gustavo Pérez

Gustavo Pérez from MPBA editorial on Vimeo. Gustavo Pérez – Mexican ceramicist. “Pre-Hispanic art is part of my background, but everyone loves this work. How it becomes a part of my work, I don’t know. Maybe it is in my subconscious. Things grow inside me. They have been growing for years. Maybe I had one…

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How to Carve Clay

Ingleton Pottery shows us how to Carve Clay. He Carves & pierces a flower design into a clay pottery bowl which he had thrown on the wheel. You can use basically anything to carve clay, he is using a sharpened tool made from a hack saw blade. Simply cut the clay to leave holes to form…

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How to Create a Textured Slab Cup with a Darted Squared Base

In this video, KaransPotsAndGlass demonstrate how to roll and texture a slab, and create a cylinder with a squared darted bottom. She used a piece of craft foam from which she cut the feather focal accent, and then used an MKM wooden roller to create the repeated texture in the background. (See: Making Ceramic Texture Rollers…

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How to Print on Clay (Positive & Negative)

The following videos show you how to print on clay by using positive and negative cutout prints. This is a fantastic technique which allows you to create amazingly decorated ceramic tiles. Draw your design. To start this project you will need three pieces of craft foam: two pieces of 3mm thick and one thinner sheet…

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How to make a Rose Bowl

How to make a Rose Bowl

Ingleton Pottery shows us how he Throws / Makes a Pottery Rose Bowl on the Wheel. This pot has a rolled beaded clay rim which gives it the appearance of being thicker than it is.  

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Quintin Hubbarth Art

Industrial Pottery: These unique pieces are works of wonder. It’s as if the pieces have peeled away their clothing and have laid bare their uncovered skeletons. One the one side, it can be seen as a representation of this modern industrial / war torn world. You can imagine finding half a vase in the rubble of…

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How to make a Pinch Pot (rap)

Making a Pinch Pot can be hard work… There are so many things that can go wrong. Luckily though, once you have the correct pinch pot technique down, you turn into a pinch pot making machine! To help get you on the right track, Daniel Willis has created this amazing Pinch Pot Rap to help you learn…

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Potty Potters 2016: Ceramics in Review

potty potters

Special Thanks To All Potty Potters 2016 was a great year for ceramics… here’s a quick recap! To all you potty potters: Keep on learning, creating, potting & most importantly, having fun in the new year! ❤

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Pottery Wheels for beginners

pottery wheels for beginners

Pottery Wheels for Beginners: A buyers Guide. Are you thinking about buying a Pottery Wheel, but are unsure which Pottery Wheel you need as a beginner? Then read our guide on Pottery Wheels for Beginners!

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Katie Marks: Geometric Spacey Tie-dyed Lustres

katie marks : anotherseattleartist

Katie Marks (anotherseattleartist) has developed a wonderful technique to produce Tie-dyed glazed pots, with gold lustre on top. The Mugs and Jugs are wonderfully colorful, and a different take on decorating with lustres. Very Spacey. Very Geometric. Very Gold. Very much in LOVE. Take a look for yourself, and let yourself feel inspired. Want to…

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How to scrape a honeycomb pattern

Haruya Abe shows us how he creates his beautiful honeycomb shaved bowls. First of all, you need a dry pot, in the video below he uses a very dry pot, but we recommend using a leather hard one instead to minimize the clay dust. Then you need to measure out the spacing, and use a pencil…

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JENNIFER McCURDY: How to create a beautiful Sculpture from a Vase

Jennifer McCurdy gives us a Fabulous demonstration on how she turns her Wheel-Thrown pots into Beautiful Organic Sculptures. So the next time you have a pot come off the wheel that you’re not happy with, why not try this out! Pre-order her new book “Vessels: A Conversation in Porcelain and Poetry” now Jennifer McCurdy Gallery Here…

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Slab and Coil Vessel

Ceramic Slab and Coil Vessel

This week, Bridges Pottery shows us how she constructs a large slab and coil vessel. Learn simple Step by step techniques to improve your hand building skills. Want to learn some extra techniques? We recommend Sculpting and Handbuilding. Get Ceramic News Straight to your Inbox Please enter your name. Please enter a valid email address. Get…

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Guy Van Leemput – Porcelain slip balloon bowls

Guy van Leemput Guy van Leemput has a wonderful technique of placing coloured porcelain slip onto balloons. Using balloons as a base allows him to create very thin and fragile looking translucent bowls that seem to change dynamic as the weather changes. In his earlier work he simply painted white porcelain slip into the balloons, and…

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Best Inspirational Books for Potters

Pottery is a blast! Isnt it? You can create… literally… anything. Its one of those hobbies where you can build your dreams, and only your imagination can stop you. But what happens if your creative mind is having a day off? You know what I mean. You’re there in the studio. The clay is ready…

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The Pottery Wheel Rap

Have you ever wondered how it would sound to beatbox teach wheel throwing? No? Well here you go anyway! We introduce you to… The Pottery Wheel Rap from Daniel Willis!

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Used Pottery Wheels

Used Pottery Wheels : A Buyers Guide Used Pottery Wheels Used pottery wheels are amazing buys, if you think about it. Who is selling a pottery wheel? Someone not using a pottery wheel! Most of the time the used pottery wheels are in great condition. More often than not, the seller would have bought the pottery wheel wanting to try pottery…

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How to Make a Pottery Butter Dish

In this video George Sifounios from Sifoutv Pottery shows us how he makes his pottery butter dishes by throwing them on the potter’s wheel. Simple, beautiful, functional design, and something you could easily do at home!  If you haven’t yet got a potters wheel at home, but want to start, then we recommend buying a used…

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Throwing a Textured Box with Hsin-Chuen Lin 林新春

Master potter Hsin-Chuen Lin shows us how he throws a porcelain box on the wheel. By throwing the top and bottom of the box as the same piece of clay, he manages to create an amazing porcelain box, with a lid that looks beautiful and fits snugly. We simply love this throwing technique! Throwing a…

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How To Create a Scalloped Vase

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David Cuzick shows us how he throws a porcelain scalloped vase, and the results are beautiful. Have you tried throwing a scalloped vase before? Why not give it a go! Do you want to see more content like this? Don’t worry, we don’t sell or spam your email address. You can unsubscribe at any time.

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Simple Pottery Tools – “Ball Opener”

Tom Whitaker shows us a simple and effective pottery tool for opening a ball of clay – especially designed to create an evenly thick bottom… Genius! Want more pottery tools – then read our top 10 list of the best pottery tools for beginners. Get Ceramic News Straight to your Inbox Please enter your name. Please enter…

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Handmade: By Royal Appointment Wedgwood BBC Documentary

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The Making of the Wedgewood Vase The film which follows the making of a Wedgwood vase. The culmination of over 250 years of expertise and heritage, the panther vase is handcrafted by artisan potters using the same techniques pioneered by Josiah Wedgwood in the 18th century. But the Wedgwood factory in Stoke is now a…

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How to Make Relief Decoration on Tile Using Shellac Resist

https://ceramic.school/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/giorginitile1_CLIPCHAMP_keep.mp4 Handmade ceramic tiles are perfect for trying out different decoration techniques. In today’s video, tile maker Frank Giorgini demonstrates a wonderful shellac-resist technique to create relief decoration. The process is similar to wax resist, but the shellac dries quicker, and is easier to control. He also shows us how to repeat  the pattern onto other tiles by using graphite rubbings.…

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Ceramic flowers style Capodimonte

In this video we see Sonda Ceramics, the Italian Capodimonte Ceramic style, the company which produce ceramic flowers, show us how they produce their gold and platinum decorations. The molds look fantastic, and we simply LOVE how they hand make the flowers and leaves! Beautiful! Get Ceramic News Straight to your Inbox Please enter your…

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Raku Firing with Andrew Cummins

Andrew Cummins discusses the ancient art of pottery making, with an emphasis on raku firing. “Raku” is a Japanese term which roughly translates to “happy in the accident”, in reference to the random patterns that the heat & smoke create. It is also the Japanese surname of the family traditionally associated with the pottery style. …

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Cristina Cordova : InFrame

Cristina Cordova is a sculptor based in North Carolina. Originally from Puerto Rico, Cordova was studying engineering when she decided to quit her program and follow her dreams of being an artist. In her picturesque studio she creates arresting clay figures that are both personal and universal. Her work is exhibited as part of the…

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How To Decorate Ceramic Flower Pot Rims

Bill van Gilder shows us how to make flower pots, and especially how to manipulate the rims and texture the wall surfaces. He is using 6 pounds of clay per pot in this video. The clay is an iron bearing, mid range stoneware called Red Rock from Highwater Clays in Asheville, North Carolina. He will be wood firing…

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SIMON LEACH Throws an egg!

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How To Throw an Egg? The amazing Simon Leach – from Simon Leach Potteries, author of the fantastic book “Simon Leach’s Pottery Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Throwing Beautiful, Functional Pots” – shows us the process of throwing an egg-shaped closed vessel. Why not have a go yourself this week, and like he says, Just…

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Ayumi Horie – White Pots

A look into Ayumi Horie’s studio practice. Using porcelain, she shows how to dry throw bowls, plates, a match striker, and applies decals to pottery. She talks about the importance of touch and the haptic in life and what it means to make slow pots. All in all, some really interesting ideas that force the viewer…

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Primitive Technology: Creating a Forge Blower

Wow, just wow! This guy is amazing. If i didn’t have an electric kiln I would be building my own wood fired kiln, creating about 10 of these and inviting some friends over to help fire the kiln… amazing! He even makes some Iron at the end just to test the temperature! The human spirit…

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How to make a Ceramic Colander

One of the things that happens when you focus too much on pottery is that you only make cups and  bowls and vases… you forget that there are loads of other things to make – like ceramic colanders! Well don’t worry, Patricia Bridges from Bridges Pottery is here to show us how to make a ceramic…

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Michael Casson – The Craft of the Potter – Throwing

Michael Casson was one of the pioneers in the renaissance of studio pottery in the post-war period, a greatly respected and a charismatic teacher and educator who influenced several generations of potters. After reading Bernard Leach’s 1940 A Potter’s Book, Casson responded positively to its concept of unity and wholeness, and its advocacy of functional…

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Isaac Button – Country Potter

Isaac Button was the last true English country potter. In a day, he could turn a ton of clay into pots. When timed he threw a lump of clay on to the wheel, pulled it high, then cut it off with wire in 22 seconds. In an hour, he could turn out 120 pots. In…

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How to roll a foot on a bowl and cup

A short video demonstrating a super simple way to “roll” a foot on to a small bowl and a cup, instead of turning it. Have you seen or used this technique before? What do you think of it? Get Ceramic News Straight to your Inbox Please enter your name. Please enter a valid email address.…

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Coil building in Gakoigo pottery village

I love two things about this video: 1) The clay they are using looks exceptional; a coarse and plastic body, which they handle very wet. The addition of extra water during the building process makes the process akin to throwing. 2) They are using this wet clay to build upside down pots – as eventually the perfect…

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Traditional Handicrafts of Jingdezhen

Feel the magnificent craftsmanship of traditional Jingdezhen porcelain. From the harvesting of Kaolin clay, purification, molding, outlining, painting, glazing to the building and firing in the 1300 C kiln. A remarkable feat of ‪Jingdezhen‬ potters – and more exciting to watch than any action movie in the Cinema! Get Ceramic News Straight to your Inbox Please…

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Ronald Pothier : Making a Stoneware Teapot

How teapots are made on a throwing wheel. Pottery made from Stoneware clay. Ronald Pothier is a potter from Quebec. Watch as he transforms a hunk of clay into a finished teapot. Get Ceramic News Straight to your Inbox Please enter your name. Please enter a valid email address. Get the Newsletter Something went wrong.…

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Making Ceramic Texture Rollers Stamps

When it comes to texturing clay there are so many different ways to do it – one of the best ways to create your own style or brand of texturing is to make your own roller stamps! These make your ceramic pieces unique to you, as no one else can buy your handmade stamps! Creating…

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Whichford Pottery: How we make our pots

An introduction to Whichford Pottery with Jim Keeling. Look around the garden at Whichford Pottery and see how they make their handmade terracotta pots. It really goes to show that you should appreciate local, home grown traditional businesses, and not just buy plastic pots from ikea. Next time you need a new plant pot -…

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Making a Japanese Teapot

Teapots are a very traditional thing. They signify patience, sophistication and a deep amount of culture. One of the reasons is because teapots are simply so damn hard to make! So when you do finally make a good teapot, you take care of it and treat it like it is your own flesh and blood. Throwing a bowl…

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Pingu, Peppa Pig, and Pottery

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Pingu Pottery – The Animated Series about Pingu How do you start to teach kids about the joys of pottery? Well, the people at Pingu decided they would give it a go 🙂 If you have kids in the right age (Well, I guess you’re never too old for Pingu!) let them watch it and…

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Ceramic 3D Printers

3D Printing has been around for a couple of years now… but it has only been used with plastic filament. Well things are about to change, because you can now print in CERAMIC! That’s right – Ceramic 3D Printers!Obviously it’s not going to replace potters, but it is very interesting! Below is a video about…

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Alexandra Engelfriet Ceramic Artist

The camera observes closely how Alexandra Engelfriet molds pieces of clay into an object of art. The sounds and images of her working closely with the clay are so relaxing, and the studio in which she works is breathtaking. The video is shot in her studio in France. What a beautiful woman, her hands are…

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Ceramics for Beginners: Wheel Throwing – Throwing a Bowl

Throwing on the wheel can be very hard work when starting out. In fact, lots of potters say that the first 10,000 bowls you throw are just preparing you to really start! Here is a quick video from Tim See with some great tips to help you out if you are just starting to play…

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Creating Handmade Moroccan Mosaic Tiles

Have you ever made your own mosaic tiles? This short video shows you how you can make your own hand made Moroccan ceramic tiles. It’s stunning to think that after only a couple of steps, something this beautiful is made. The human spirit of design is so inspirational <3 Extra Bonus: Want a go at…

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The Top 20 T-shirts for Cute & Quirky Potters

We have tirelessly scoured the internet, and have made a list of the Top 20 Pottery T-Shirts you need if you want to show off your Ceramic Artist / Cute & Quirky side! The Mask at the end is so surprising! All designs come in different sizes, colours and styles, for men and women, so you can order…

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Anne Mette Hjortshøj “Paying Honest Attention”

Tweet Danish potter, Anne Mette Hjortshøj lives and works on the small island of Bornholm, situated in the Baltic Sea. This documentary gives a gentle and revealing insight into one of Denmark’s leading potters. It follows Hjortshøj’s daily life; collecting clay from the local beach for her glazes, throwing and making pots in her studio,…

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Improvised decoration

Tweet He throws a vase, and then starts decorating… but then makes a mistake! While many people would be distraught, and stop and start all over again, he turns it into something else all together. All in all, this is a nice reminder that ceramics is quite often improvised, and that’s the way it should be. Let us…

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Warren MacKenzie

Warren MacKenzie has described his goal as the making of “everyday” pots. Not surprisingly though, his pots are found in major museums and command high prices among collectors. MacKenzie has always kept his prices low and for various time periods did not sign his work (1970s, most of the 2000s). Most of his output is produced in stoneware, although he has worked in porcelain at times during his career. A sample of his amazing work can be seen below, and you can get his pieces relatively well priced from galleries around the world, as well as on eBay.co.uk

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Throwing a Tall Long – Necked Vase

Hand thrown Tall Porcelain Vase, with Long Neck by Matt Horne Pottery, February 2016. Using Audrey Blackman Porcelain. Let us know what you think in the comments! Tweet Get Ceramic News Straight to your Inbox Please enter your name. Please enter a valid email address. Get the Newsletter Something went wrong. Please check your entries and…

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Simple Textured Pottery Decoration Techniques : Chattering the Clay

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Pottery Decoration Techniques: Easy as ABC A very easy but effective pottery decoration technique to add some texture to the pot using the Chattering technique. Very easy to do. Once the pot has been thrown on the wheel, let the pot become quite dry and using a chattering tool you can produce a random but…

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Icheon Masters: Reviving the Korean Ceramic Tradition.. Beautiful!

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Ceramic Masters of Icheon Ceramics The skills of Ceramic Masters of Icheon Ceramics are truly phenomenal. They make this look very easy but it’s taken them decades of hard graft to get to this level! Don’t miss your chance to glance to these great art pieces done by talented pottery masters. Go make a hot…

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Using Sodium Silicate to Create Crackled Texture with Hsin-Chuen Lin

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He starts with a lump of clay and some sodium silicate… 20 minutes later? I really want to try this! In this video, Hsin–Chuen Lin demonstrates another way of throwing which is using a sodium silicate to create crackled texture. Wow! This simple technique creates beautiful patterns before your eyes! Hsin-Chuen Lin was influenced by the American contemporary ceramics,…

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Inspiration of the day: Jude Ridgway: Saggar Fired & Reconstructions

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Inspiration of the day: Jude Ridgway: saggar fired & reconstructions “Inspiration is from many sources; classical and primitive ceramics; archaeological pottery reconstructed; the colour of rusted metals; weathered wood and other exposed surfaces which have that rich patina of age; winter landscapes criss-crossed by hedges and trees; sunrise and sunset skies.“ http://www.juneridgwayceramics.co.uk/

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Inspiration of the day: Tim Scull: Ceramic Artist

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Inspiration of the day: Tim Scull: Ceramic Artist Tim Scull’s work has become quite diversified over the last several years including a multitude of firing techniques as in Raku, Pit firing, Sawdust firing, Saggar firing, Fuming techniques, Crystalline, Wood firings, and Salt/soda firings.  

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How high have you thrown on the wheel? Maybe these tips will help you

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How high have you thrown on the wheel? Awesome Wheel Throwing Tips by Adam Field Adam field is pleased to show us how to cut the cylinder in half and showed the hand placements. Adam also demonstrates the alternative methods of centering and opening. The explanation is also detailed, logical and calm. Even if you’re…

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Today’s Inspiration : Mathew Chambers

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Matthew Chambers & His  Circular Ceramic Sculptures Matthew Chambers created wonderful concentrically layered Ceramic Sculptures and Vessels. These hand-built ceramic vessels and sculptures are containing dozens of thin concentric layers. Each “layer” is an individual section thrown on a wheel which he then assembles with other layers to create a solid sculpture. A precisely geometric formed…

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How To Make a Stein

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  How To Make a Stein Learn how to make a stein creatively. What is Stein? Stein is a shortened form of Steinzeugkrug, which is German for stoneware jug. According to Mr. Wikipedia, “Beer stein (/ˈstaɪn/ STYNE), or simply stein, is an English neologism for either traditional beer mugs made out of stoneware, or specifically ornamental beer mugs that are usually sold as souvenirs or collectibles. In German,…

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