Potters & Sculptors - Making Rock from Mud
While researching material for the latest newsletter, I stumbled on this gem from StudioPotter.org. It's a well-written defense of digital printing and new technologies in the ceramic studio. If nothing else, this graphic included in the article is relatable to many of us on a number fronts, I'm sure.…Continue
I often decorate my pots with brushwork. Pursuing an ultra thin line, I've found my cat's whiskers work the best. They're not purrfect (that's right, I said it), but they produce some interesting results.
Taped individually to a stick, I dip the whisker into some fairly viscous underglaze, then lay it down on the pot. No dragging, just gentle press and…Continue
I must admit, I've never been terribly disciplined about my test tiles through the years. I'm pretty good about taking careful notes; too many times I've been burned by shoddy notes. However, I do tend to slap those careful tests on whatever's laying around. The result is a box full of well-documented, mismatched shapes and shards.…Continue
If you ever used bentonite, you know it's a bear to mix into a glaze. It tends to clump together in solution. It doesn't want to play well with others. I've tried a number of things over the years to get around this. I thought I'd share this latest method that works for me:
I first look for the dry clay in my recipe, usually EPK. Even if it's a small percentage of my recipe, I measure this out first, and place it in a resealable plastic bucket (I bought mine in the paint…Continue