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Platters: Four Approaches to Making and Decorating Plates

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It is a common misconception to think that plates are easy forms to make because the challenge of achieving height isn’t there. But plates can be tricky. Issues of warping and cracking can be common if you don’t know what you’re doing. So, in this Ceramic Arts Daily Presents Compilation, we’ve gathered four talented artists to demonstrate how they approach plates. (Scroll for more.)

Meredith Host – Dinner Plate with Stenciled Underglaze Decoration

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Meredith Host’s wheel-thrown plates begin as large clay discs with lots of supporting clay, which allows her to get excellent compression to avoid cracks. The excess clay is lathed away at just the right time in the trimming process. She then explains and demonstrates how the continuous curve on the top surface of the plate not only makes a great canvas for decoration, but also helps in the structural support.

Adam Field – Thrown Plate with Altered and Carved Rim

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Plates require more clay that a lot of other forms and Adam Field starts off with great tips on how to set the clay up right from the beginning to make your job easier. Throughout the demo, Adam discusses structural considerations that he takes to make his plates function as beautifully as they look. In addition he shares some nifty tips on some improvised tools he uses from items that most of us would just throw away. Rather than decorating the center part of his plate, Adam Field chooses to decorate the rim with his carving and shares the secrets to setting up his intricate repeating patterns.

Ben Carter – Drape-Molded Oval Platter

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If you’d like to make a large platter that isn’t round, using a slab and a slump mold can be just the ticket. Ben Carter makes this mold with insulating foam board, and creates a lovely undulating rim with sewn fabric pouches. Next Ben shares how he decorates the platter with slip, underglaze, and sgraffito, discussing subtle details like placement of motifs to move the eye around the composition to contrasting shiny surfaces with matt. Watching these techniques it is easy to imagine different ways to personalize them – the sky’s the limit!

Forrest Lesch-Middelton – Large Thrown Plate with Darted Rim and Screen Printed Decoration

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Forrest Middelton makes the largest wheel-thrown plate on the compilation, beginning with 12.5 pounds of clay, and gives great advice on how to center this much clay without wrecking your wrists. Then he shares how he uses a process similar to how he throws cylinders to make a plate with a wide rim that can be darted and altered. He finishes it all off with his signature screen printed image transfer.

Lorna Meaden – Watering Can

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Lorna Meaden is an expert at creating elegant wheel-thrown forms. In this video she leads you an easy-to-follow step-by-step process for creating her signature watering can, which incorporates several parts that have to go together to create a cohesive functional piece. If you’re interested in making complex composite ...(Scroll for more.)

Marty Fielding – Altered Pitcher

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Marty loves throwing but enjoys handbuilding even more. To satisfy both loves, his thrown forms are just the starting point as he demonstrates his step-by-step process for creating a thrown and altered ...(Scroll for more.)

Mike Jabbur – Cantilevered Teapot

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Mike Jabbur creates teapots that are unique and unlike any other teapot you’ve probably ever seen. In this video he demonstrates the throwing and complex assembly techniques he uses for one of these signature teapots. Throughout his demonstration, he provides details on everything from his signature cantilevered forms to his ...(Scroll for more.)

Suze Lindsay – Elegant Ewer

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Suze Lindsay has been a professional potters dedicated to perfection for many many years. In this video, she demonstrates her technique for creating one of her signature ewers using thrown and slab parts. This elegant ewer is constructed of six pieces, each requiring a range of skills from ...(Scroll for more.)

Getting Creative with Spouts & Handles

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If you’re looking for ways to make your pots stand out from the crowd, take a look at what the experts do. In this new compilation video from Ceramic Arts Daily Presents, four talented artists take it up a notch by ...(Scroll for more.)

The Daryl Baird Extruder Collection

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Get a book and a DVD! This extensive how-to book puts you in touch with all the creative potential of the extruder. With more than 50% new material, this book features new works by artists, up-to-date information on extruders, and sixteen great step-by-step demonstrations, making it a must for anyone with an extruder in their ...(Scroll for more.)

Creating Curves with Clay with Martha Grover

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Martha Grover demonstrates how she creates her signature curvy forms from wheel thrown and handbuilt parts. She begins by explaining the four basic components of each of her pieces then combines those components in different ways to create six examples of her elegant forms ...(Scroll for more.)

The Extruder Video with Daryl Baird

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In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents Video Series, Daryl E. Baird draws on his extensive experience working with the clay extruder to demystify this useful piece of studio equipment. A little planning goes a long ...(Scroll for more.)

Slab and Coil Building with Gail Kendall

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In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents Video Series, Gail Kendall  presents her “low-tech” techniques for fabricating beautiful plates, platters, bowls, and tureens using bisque molds, soft ...(Scroll for more.)

Additions to Clay Bodies

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This book is an introduction to the use of additions in clay bodies, from hard materials like stones and glass to combustible matter, fiber, metals and color. It looks at the work of a range of contemporary international makers who are using additions to create...(Scroll for more.)

Ceramic Transfer Printing

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Ceramic transfer (or decal) printing, provides an exciting creative potential for any ceramic artist. With the up-to-date techniques detailed here, you can transfer pictures, patterns or text onto both two- and three-dimensional forms. Most importantly, printing on ceramics achieves distinct aesthetic effects ...(Scroll for more.)

Ceramics and the Human Figure

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The human figure has been represented in clay throughout history and continues to evolve today. Artists are working with the figure in new ways, playing with materials and forms, and making use of...(Scroll for more.)

Ceramics in the Environment

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In Ceramics in the Environment, world renowned ceramic artist Janet Mansfield shows how ornamental, architectural and large-scale ceramic works have always appeared on buildings...(Scroll for more.)

Colour in Glazes

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A complete guide to getting a fantastic spectrum of colorful glazes, Linda Bloomfield looks at a full range of materials and options for creating colors in glazes. This book is...(Scroll for more.)

Contemporary Tableware

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Tableware has occupied a special place in our kitchens and dining rooms for thousands of years, and continues to enchant us today. Ranging from...(Scroll for more.)

Developing Glazes

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Developing your own glazes can be tricky because success depends on so many factors. In Developing Glazes, Australian ceramic artist Greg Daly aims to...(Scroll for more.)

From a Slab of Clay

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Working with clay slabs offers more opportunities than any other forming process. From small dishes and plates to architectural installments, slabs can be used to create any form, any size. When Daryl E. Baird took...(Scroll for more.)

From Mud to Music

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Explore the rich culture of ceramic musical instruments and the wide variety of instruments being made today. Barry Hall discusses the...(Scroll for more.)

In the Potter’s Kitchen

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Do you even know any potters who don’t cook? Wouldn’t it be great if there were a pottery design, technique, and glaze recipe book put together with a food recipe book? Well now there is, and it comes from...(Scroll for more.)

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