Ceramics Decorating Video: Carving and Slip Trailing Techniques with Mary Cuzick

Today we are presenting a video filmed at the recent Potters Council Workshop Porcelain in San Diego, California. In it, Mary Cuzick demonstrates her carving and slip trailing techniques. Workshops (and conferences like NCECA) are such wonderful tools for rejuvenating one’s artistic practice and learning new skills, so I thought sharing a workshop video was a fitting way to wrap up our Education Week coverage. If you weren’t able to attend NCECA or any workshops this year, I hope this will provide a little inspiration and rejuvenation to take into your studios!

And if you ever have the opportunity, try to attend a workshop or conference like NCECA. You won’t be disappointed! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


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  • Thank you so much for sharing such interesting and useful techniques.

  • Hello CAD fans! So sorry for all the technical difficulties with this video! We recompressed and re-uploaded the video and it appears to be running smoothly, completely and not so blurry. There are spots early on in the video when it is difficult to see exactly what Mary carves, but if you watch the video all the way through, there are some much better detail shots. It is difficult to capture detail since there is not much contrast in the carvings and the clay body color. And we do have to compress the video to make it small enough to post on the web. But, we still think that if you watch all the way through, you should be able to get some good information from it. Also, if you go to her website, you can see finished work and put it all together. Thanks for your patience! -Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

  • Thank you so much. All information in whatever area of pottery one is involved in – is wonderful for the generosity of sharing.

  • Mary Cuzick is my favorite potter.. and now you all can see why. Mary’s work is original and inspiring. Thank you Mary, you are wonderful!

  • Thanks so much for working out the CAD difficulties. Great video, very informative, can’t wait to try this technique.

  • I want to thank the great people at Ceramics Arts Daily for putting up this second version of the video that was made at the Potters Council Presentation in February.

  • Ooo..yeah! Thanks for fixing this video. Very inspirational. I want to try this for sure.

  • Hi, I really wanted to watch it but there is no contrast between the bowl and the carving….was like watching invisible images……. can you please fix the contrast. Thanks!

  • Thanks for fixing the video. I recently discovered Mary’s work and really appreciate the fact that she is so generous in handing out info.

  • I love your work! Fabulous artist, many thanks for the demonstration.

  • Thank you for sharing your beautiful techniques. Just great!

  • Thoroughly enjoyed this film on how to use each tool correctly and working with slip. Wow,as a beginner i am constantly soaking like a sponge new techniques. Thank you for teaching all of us newbee’s. I was always wondering what to do with slurry so now i know how to make slip and use it with out wasting.

  • One of the best videos I’ve seen yet – thank you Mary!

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