Second DIY Clay Tools Video Contest Winner!

 

Sushi Set, by DIY Clay Tools Contest Winner Catherine Ries

The votes have been tallied and I’m pleased to announce that Catherine Ries is the grand prize winner of our Second DIY Clay Tools Video Contest! In today’s post, Catherine will tell us a bit more about herself and how she plans to use that awesome ceramic printer she just won! Plus we’ll share some images of her work. Congratulations to Catherine, and to runners up Christeena Gallahue and Kevin Morris.

 

We’d also like to thank our very generous sponsor Digital Ceramic Technologies and to everyone who entered, commented and voted. There were so many good entries that we will probably feature some honorable mentions on CAD from time to time. Stay tuned! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

 

 


 

Tripod Tumblers, by Catherine Ries

First of all, I would like to recognize the ingenuity presented by the other finalists. Both Kevin and Christeena shared wonderful ideas! I love how this contest embodies the sharing spirit that is so prevalent in the ceramic arts community.

 

I am absolutely thrilled to be the winner of the DIY tool contest and the recipient of the Ricoh Digital Ceramic Printer by Digital Ceramic Technologies! The moment I heard of the contest I knew I had to enter and attempt to win this fantastic prize.

 

Starving for Control, by Catherine Ries

In addition to being a ceramic artist I also paint and experiment with digital art; a ceramic decal printer is the perfect way for me to combine my two-dimensional art with my ceramic work. Thank you to everyone who voted! This printer is going to help me bring my work to a new level.

 

I have always considered myself an artist, but only started creating ceramic pieces a couple of years ago; the moment I began working with clay I knew we were going to be lifelong friends. The process of working with clay is consistently intriguing; from formation to firing I am always captivated by this amazing and responsive material. I enjoy creating functional work as well as more conceptual sculptural pieces.


 

From setting up a proper working space to selecting the right tools and equipment — including complete instructions for building your own slab roller — Daryl Baird doesn’t miss any details in his latest book, From a Slab of Clay.

Includes 16 slab project demonstrations and a gallery of selected works from ceramic artists.

Read more and download an excerpt! 

 

 


 

 

Rescue Mission, by Catherine Ries. Click to enlarge!

I am currently enrolled at Concordia University and working towards my BA in Studio Art with a ceramics emphasis. I will be graduating next May and I hope to pursue a career at an art gallery in addition to being a working artist.

 

 

The Second DIY Clay Tools Video Contest was sponsored by:

 

 

 

 Watch Catherine’s winning video:

 


 

For more interesting homemade tool ideas, be sure to download Pottery Throwing Tools: A Guide to Making and Using Pottery Tools for Wheel Throwing, which is free to Ceramic Arts Daily subscribers.

 


 

Comments
  • Wow, my vote actually counted! Love it. Congratulations, Catherine! I love the photos of your work, especially “Rescue Mission.” I’m making one of these cutters for my slab work and another as a Xmas gift.

  • I loved your video it was very easy to follow and I can now easily get the parts to make this tool as an instructor finding easer ways to do this is alway fun thank you and I love your work

  • Hi Catherine, Congratulations from all of us here at DCT on winning the printer. We look forward to getting it out to you and seeing what you can create with it.

    Joel, Mark, Shawna and Tony
    Digital ceramic Technologies

  • Congratulations!!! I voted for you -so glad you won. Not only was the video well done and the explanation EASY to understand but I can use this tool in my studio constantly! Making one for my home studio and one for the studio where I take classes, they are going to love it. Great when artists share ingenious ideas!
    PS-Thanks Stuart-great one of a kind Christmas gift idea.

  • Thank you for the kind words and the votes! This is all so exciting!

  • Congratulations Catherine! Your idea was wonderful! Love your work. Thank you for sharing and for the kind words.

  • Congratulations !! great idea.. so simple yet brilliant. Your work is fantastic I’m sure we will be seeing more of you in the future. Best of luck to you.

  • Catherine
    —nice tool !
    —nice work !
    congrats !

  • YAY! I voted for you too! Such a nifty practical little tool. Love it!
    And your instructions as well as the video were terrific!
    The hardware store actually had all these specialty nuts in stock, but I had to run to Home Depot twice, because the rod I bought there didn’t work. I guess you get what you pay for…the second one thankfully works fine (and is the same nominal size). BTW I just used a small machine screw for the insert into the shaft collar and sawed the head off.
    And I’m thinking of home-made wheel in lieu of the washers to get a texturing tool out of your invention…
    Congratulations, well deserved winner!!

  • Congratulations Catherine! I hope every one of your wishes for your future will come true. Nice work you make and the video was perfect. Greetings from Switzerland. Evelyne

  • Congratulations Catherine! I hope every one of your wishes for your future will come true. Nice work you make and the video was perfect. Greetings from Switzerland. Evelyne

  • Loved the tool, but neither Home Depot nor Lowes knew what the parts were that I was asking for. Both seemed convinced that they do not exist. Where can I get these parts? I really want to use this tool in a demo I am going to do next. No, I am not a pottery teacher just drafted because of a piece that I made.

  • Billie, sorry you are having trouble, both of those stores should have the parts. If you have a Menards store in your area that is where I got my parts. Also, if there is a smaller hardware store in your neighborhood, like Ace Hardware, they are usually more helpful and the size of the store is not so daunting! I hope that helps!

  • HI Catherine just watch your demo on the tool this is a great tool as i real need help in drawing a straight line at the best of times .YOUR TOOL WILL BE VERY WELL USED IN MY CERAMIC ART WORK FOR OUR TAFE AND I WILL REFER TO THIS WEB PAGE .ENCLOSING CONGRATULATIONS CATHERINE KEEP HELP NEEDY THANKS YOU SO MUCH FOR TOOL .YVETTE ROBINSON-SARASOLA FROM AUSTRALIA .PS LOVE THE TOOL WILL BUY IT TODAY FOR CLASS TO TOMORROW.

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