Simple Elegance with Birdie Boone

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...(Scroll down for more.)

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Runtime: 1 hour 45 minutes

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Lighten up!

Thin slabs are challenging because they are prone to warping. Try working with them when they are soft, and the challenge increases. In this video workshop with Birdie, you’ll learn the mechanics of rolling and working with extra thin slabs to make lightweight forms. You’ll also learn how to create soft curves with a rib and a banding wheel, avoid cracking when joining soft clay to leather-hard clay, as well as tips for finishing rims and seams.

Make your own tools!

Birdie uses a variety of tools made from plaster and clay that she developed to make her life easier. You’ll find out how easy it is to make these useful utensils and, most importantly, how much easier they can make your process. From little doohickeys that can fill in for your fingers when your they are too big, to custom bisque press molds for handles or spouts, you’ll get great ideas for simplifying the handbuilding process.

Personalize your work!

Birdie loves glaze color exploration and incorporates glaze tests into just about every kiln load. One of her favorite tests is the coaxial color blend because it provides a lot of color information with relatively little work. After Birdie walks you through a coaxial color blend, you’ll be able to use this process to develop the perfect glaze for your own work.

Bonus Features

In a series of bonus videos, Birdie walks through her process for making the press molds she uses for handles, spouts, and teapot lids. In addition, she demonstrates how she develops templates for her individual forms by building rough shapes with clay and then dissecting them to determine how to repeat them. Plus she shares glaze recipes!

Get all of this and more with this straightforward, informative, and inspirational presentation!


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