Tea sets are a wonderful challenge for the ceramic artist and the best tea sets have complimentary elements that are carried through each piece of the set without looking too “matchy matchy” (that’s a technical term, in case you were wondering). In this video, Amelia Stamps shares her processes for making and decorating an entire tea set, sharing a plethora of great decorative techniques, as well as throwing tips that will help you strengthen your wheel throwing skills.
Inspired by the human form and the natural world, Tara Wilson strives to make “pots that speak softly yet reveal complexity in both form and surface through continued investigation and use.” And her pots do that so well! In this video, Tara demonstrates her techniques for making thrown-and-altered pottery with gentle curves and subtle details that reveal themselves over time. Filled with great tips on how to add movement and personality to tight wheel-thrown pots, the video will inspire you to step out of your comfort zone and try something new!
In this video, Julia Galloway shares a wide variety of her inventive throwing and handbuilding techniques, her beautiful surface techniques, and so much more! Julia covers five of her signature forms from start to finish, plus several approaches to creating narrative surfaces with text, imagery, slip, and glaze.
In this video, Donovan Palmquist shares his techniques for creating, decorating and wood firing his understated and elegant pots! Starting out on the wheel with a teapot and a tea caddy, Donovan breaks down these complicated forms into an easy-to-digest process. He then shares his simple approach to decorating and how everything comes together for the 40 hour wood firing.
Handmade pots find homes in various places around the house. From the vase in the living room that holds fresh-cut garden blooms, to canisters in the pantry, to the cookie jar on the kitchen counter, to the whiskey bottle or flask in the liquor cabinet, they add a personal touch to our environment. Part of the Ceramic Arts Select Series—which focuses on a group of related forms and presents some of the best examples of how contemporary artists are exploring, innovating, and celebrating those forms—this book showcases lidded pots used for storing and serving food, displaying flowers or fruit, and keeping clutter artfully contained.
Every potter has certain common forms in their repertoire – think bowls and mugs. But the kitchen is home to various less-common pots - from muffin pans and juicers, to batter bowls and salt shakers – that are great fun for the potter to investigate. Part of the Ceramic Arts Select Series, this book showcases pots used for prepping, cooking, and presenting food. Each edition of the Ceramic Arts Select Series focuses on a group of related forms and presents some of the best examples of how contemporary artists are exploring, innovating, and celebrating those forms.
Pouring and drinking vessels are some of the most commonly used items in any home. As such, they need to function well, be ready to work overtime, and be engaging objects to interact with. These parameters provide a creative challenge for the potter. This book is part of the Ceramic Arts Select Series, which focuses on groups of related forms and presents some of the best examples of how contemporary artists are exploring, innovating, and celebrating those forms.
From a large platter intended to be hung on a wall to a small treat bowl, and everything in between, there is no end to the creative expression possible with plates, platters, and bowls. Part of the Ceramic Arts Select Series, this book is a testament to that variety. Each edition of the Ceramic Arts Select Series focuses on specific related forms and presents some of the best examples of how contemporary artists are exploring, innovating, and celebrating those forms.
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Introducing the Ceramic Arts Select Series! Each edition of the Ceramic Arts Select Series focuses on specific related forms and presents some of the best examples of how contemporary artists are exploring, innovating, and celebrating those forms. Filled with in-depth instruction, this series covers just about every form you could imagine in some of the most interesting and inspiring ways imaginable.
Are you interested in altering, but afraid to step out of your comfort zone? Do you struggle with throwing larger volumetric pots? In this video, Martina Lantin will teach you how to throw caution to the wind and push the boundaries of your clay body to create exciting new work.
Originally published in 2001, Vince Pitelka’s Clay: A Studio Handbook has been an essential, all-inclusive studio text for students, studio artists, educators and all those interested in the art of clay for years. Now it is back fully updated, expanded, and better than ever with beautiful color images! Clay: A Studio Handbook addresses the full range of ceramic processes, and brings a lifetime of ceramic knowledge directly into the hands of potters. A thorough table of contents, glossary of ceramic terms and raw materials, and index make finding answers quick and convenient.
Have you ever opened a bisque kiln and felt completely overwhelmed by the entire load of blank pots? Are you tired of the dip-and-done approach to glazing? Do you wish you could create surfaces with more depth? If you have answered yes to any of the above questions, Colleen Riley’s video Layering Techniques for Sumptuous Surfaces is just what you need. This video is all about surface! Colleen shares numerous techniques for creating layered imagery from the greenware stage through glazing and firing.
If you ever find yourself in a rut in the studio, making the same forms over and over again and you are not sure how to get out, we have your antidote right here! In this video, Lauren Karle will help you discover new forms and ways to decorate them through play and experimentation.
In this Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video, Birdie Boone shares her practical techniques for making lightweight, graceful pots with thin slabs, as well as her testing process for glaze color exploration. If your goal is creating refined handbuilt pots with perfect glaze surfaces, this video is what you need.
There is something really special about using a tool you made on your work. Even the simplest of tools made with your own hands make marks that are uniquely yours. Kyla Toomey found that making simple tools enabled her to create a distinctive body of work that is unmistakably hers. If you are interested in making pots that are unmistakably your own, Kyla’s new video is packed with ideas and information to help you do that! In addition to inspiring you to think outside the store-bought toolbox, Kyla presents practical throwing and glazing tips throughout the presentation.
In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video Series, Bill Wilkey shares his techniques for creating wheel-thrown-and-altered, as well as handbuilt pots with layers of texture. Bill begins on the wheel with a simple diner mug, and then moves on to a more-complex sugar jar. Each of these is softly squared off, then textured with layers of contrasting texture on each plane, and finished off with pinched handles that complement the overall piece. Bill rounds out the program with a large oval basket, which is handbuilt using a bisque mold and added coils of clay. He shares his insights for avoiding the pitfalls of working with large, wide bisque molds so that you will be able to tackle this challenging shape with ease. Throughout the video, Bill shares tips for creating work with exceptional function and craftsmanship.
In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video series, Mel Griffin presents her techniques for creating illustrated pottery that truly merges the surface and the form. A painter and illustrator at heart, but also in love with the ceramic process, Mel doesn’t simply draw on the surfaces of her work. Instead she demonstrates how she draws into the surface, taking advantage of clay’s malleability to create further expression and movement.
In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video series, Kate Maury shares her techniques for creating highly decorative and ornate, yet functional forms. Beginning with a simple presentation of how to make a press or sprig mold from a found object, Kate moves on to demonstrate a variety of ways to use sprigs beyond their traditional function. Rather than using them in their entirety, she looks for visually interesting components within both commercially manufactured and handmade sprig molds, then pieces these elements together into intricate compositions.