We’ve all heard the saying, “it’s all in the details.” This sentiment rings especially true in functional pottery, or any … Read More
Pottery Making Techniques
If you are looking for a repository of information on pottery making techniques, we have good news for you. You’ve hit the jackpot! From pinch pots to slip-cast sculpture, this section of Ceramic Arts Network has enough pottery making techniques to satisfy just about anyone.
Handbuilding techniques are perhaps the most accessible pottery making techniques because they require little equipment more than your hands! Here, we’ll share with you some great handbuilding techniques with step-by-step instruction from talented ceramic artists. If you are looking to try something new, or are just getting started with clay, you’ll find plenty to get excited about in our archive of articles and videos on handbuilding techniques.
Is the wheel more your speed? We have a plethora of professional instruction from some of the best wheel throwers in the biz! If you are looking to improve or master wheel throwing techniques, you’ll find articles and videos by professional potters in the Wheel Throwing Techniques section of Ceramic Arts Network. Find out why throwing on the potters wheel is one of the most addictive pottery making techniques out there.
Ceramic mold making opens up endless potential for the ceramic artist and we have a growing collection of posts and videos to help you master it. From plaster to bisque, hump to slump, you’ll discover all you need to know to learn how to make and use ceramic molds here!
You’ll also learn the ins and outs of making ceramic tiles…and keeping them flat! There is so much you can do with ceramic tile and no matter what you are hoping to make, this archive with fill you with inspiration, as well as the tools you will need to be a success!
Glazing and decorating is just as important a part of the pottery making process as forming the pots, so we have those covered here too. In the Ceramic Glazing Techniques section, you’ll find a wide variety of ceramic glazing techniques, from using commercial brush-on glazes for ceramics or dipping pots in a glaze you mixed up. In the Ceramic Decorating Techniques section, you’ll find everything from sgraffito in the greenware stage, to glaze trailing techniques for bisque.
Sometimes I feel like I was born in the wrong era because I just love old things: antiques, weathered old … Read More
There are many, many ways to put lines onto pots – carving, fluting, painting, drawing – but, I have to … Read More
Not long into his ceramics career, Jim Gottuso discovered shellac resist is a great alternative to wax resist for creating decoration … Read More
If you’re a potter and you love making loose leaf tea, making a ceramic tea infuser is a project you … Read More
Terra sigillata is an ultrarefined clay slip that can give a soft sheen when applied to bone-dry wares and, if … Read More
Amy Meya was fascinated by tessellation—the repeated use of a single shape without gaps or overlapping—and wanted to figure out … Read More
While it was once thought of as cheating, using ceramic molds is a technique that is increasing in popularity among … Read More