You can use ceramic stains to produce lines and images that look like they were done using ink. These can be line drawings, washes, and full brush and ink style paintings. See how it is done!
Raku firing is exciting and lends itself to bold adventure. Explore how to fire pottery in the Western raku tradition, step by step.
Loading a kiln takes forethought and some knowledge in order to avoid destructive and expensive accidents.
Colored wax resists are very useful for decorative techniques. They are especially useful for creating distinct color or glaze fields, including a stained glass effect as demonstrated here. They are also versatile; for example, different colored wax resists can be applied to the same pot.
Crayon can be applied to a pot as a wax resist. This method is especially useful when finer lines are desired. Warming the pot first will make the crayon draw much smoother lines on the pottery.
Demonstration of one way in which wax resist can be used to create a decorative effect. In this demo, the application tool is a round sponge shape with a flat end, which is mounted on a wooden handle.
A step by step description of how to build your own wedging table, which you can use for both wedging and reclaiming clay scraps.
Kiln sitters are used in electric ceramic kilns as a fail-safe means of ending a firing once it has reached the target temperature, or slightly above. Once tripped, the kiln sitter automatically shuts off electrical current to the kiln elements.
Decorating pottery with slips has a deep history and a wealth of variations. Slips can be used in conjunction with other decorative techniques to bring about even more decorative options for pottery.
Mishima techniques and tools and explored in this article. Mishima is a type of inlay which allows ceramists to create sharp edges and intricate designs.
Safely packing pottery to mail or ship it takes the knowledge of how to pack it so it won't break.
Knowing how to photograph pottery can make a sometimes frustrating experience into a rewarding one.
Pottery and plumbing can be very bad together. As a potter, you need to know what your plumbing needs are and how to handle them.
Make a burnished pottery egg using the slab building method.
How to throw a pottery plate on the potter's wheel. Although it may seem an easy shape to throw, there are some ways the clay can trip you up.
Instructions for slab building a pottery mug.
Potter's needles have many uses in pottery. It is one of the most basic and versatile tools available, other than the potter's hands, themselves.
How to make a thrown pottery table lamp, from start to finish.
Use both pinching and throwing techniques to make a unique pottery goblet.
A demonstration of how to make a pottery oil lamp using thrown and hand built components.
How you open the clay on the potter's wheel will effect the rest of the throwing process. If rushed or done with poor hand placement, the pot may be doomed to be off-center.
How to throw a pot, especially a cylinder-shaped pot, is the foundation of working on the wheel. Take the time to build skills with cylinders; it will pay off as you eventually explore more complex forms.
Centering clay on the potter's wheel effects all other steps of throwing pottery.
A demonstration of how to make pottery napkin rings.
Conserve and recycle small amounts of raw glazes and enjoy a pottery adventure.