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Flat to Functional with Lisa Naples

In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents Video Series, potter Lisa Naples shares her love of handbuilding with earthenware. Determined to change the myth that earthenware is punky and weak, Lisa explains how this beautiful forgiving clay body is every bit as strong as its higher-fired counterparts when it’s fired beyond the traditional Cone 04. In addition to covering the mechanics of good slab rolling, Lisa guides you through her straightforward soft-slab building techniques. She demonstrates how to add interest to handbuilt forms by adding texture and cutting darts to create custom shapes. In the decorating portion of the video, Lisa gives a thorough explanation of her “dry” and “wet” slip brushing techniques, explaining how they can add both beautiful texture and color. In addition, she explains how to effectively use animal imagery to tell stories on functional objects.

Runtime: 5 hours, 21 minutes

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Contents:

Introduction
Chapter 1 – Lidded Jar
Chapter 2 – Cream Pitcher
Chapter 3 – Dry Brush Slip Decorating
Chapter 4 – Decorating a Lidded Jar
Chapter 5 – Decorating a Cream Pitcher
Chapter 6 – Decorating with Iron Oxide
Conclusion

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Lisa Naples

About the Artist

Lisa Naples resides in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, where she makes pottery and narrative sculpture from her barn studio. In 1988, she earned her MFA in ceramics from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has given lectures and workshops at Penland School of Craft, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and other noted ceramic workshop centers. Her work has been exhibited at the James A. Michener Art Museum, the Washington Craft Show, Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Shows, and other juried shows around the United States. In 2005, Lisa was awarded an NCECA Residency Award at Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. To learn more about Lisa, please visit www.lisanaples.com.

Comments
  • Joyce .

    what a great tutorial!!! love her creative thoughts as she creates and designs. her work with glaze spg really helped me with my work. Does she get her brushes from someone special? I love them and would like to purchase them…. thanks for Clayflicks.

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