Colored Clay with Curtis Benzle

Colored clays have been used for centuries in ceramics to attain qualities not possible with any other technique. From jewelry and lighting to functional and sculptural pieces, working with colored clay requires a whole different way of thinking in ceramics. Instead of forming objects and applying decoration and finishes separately, using colored clays allow you to do everything at once so you are basically forming and decorating at the same time.

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Chapter 1 – Mixing Colors
Chapter 2 – Layering and Carving Colored Slips on a Slab-Built Vessel
Chapter 3 – Neriagi Throwing
Chapter 4 – Nerikomi Gradations
Chapter 5 – Nerikomi Patterns
Chapter 6 – Making Patterned Objects

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Curtis Benzle

About the Artist

Curt Benzle has been working with colored clay for nearly 40 years and is one of the world’s leading experts in the medium. His signature work is translucent porcelain sculptural vessels and architectural lighting, which can be found in major museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C. To learn more about Curt and see more of his work, visit


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