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Published Nov 22, 2013

Most potters are inclined to think of glaze and underglaze when it comes to adding color to their work. But working with colored clays is a great alternative to glazes and underglazes. With the vast palette available today in commercial stains, it is possible to come up with just about any color in the rainbow. Mixing stains into into a clay body (most effective with a light clay body) appeals to a lot of people because it opens up many opportunities for developing more precise patterning than is possible with glaze.


In today's video, Curt Benzle demonstrates a simple way to create texture and pattern on a vessel by layering and carving colored slips. –Jennifer Poellot Harnetty, editor

To learn more about Curt Benzle or see images of his work, please visit

Topics: Pottery Clay