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Slip transfer is one of the easiest and most enjoyable methods of printing a design on a clay surface. No equipment needed, other than a scanner and printer or a photocopier—and a photo editing program. Here are some quick steps to a beautiful slip transfer surface decoration. At the end of the article is a printable design you can print and use. Read more…

mishima inlay

Mishima inlay is a surface decoration technique that can be quite simple to do. Have you done sgraffito (Italian for “to scratch”) carving? That’s adding color to the surface of a pot and scratching it away to make a design. Mishima is kind of the reverse. You scratch the design in first, then push color into the outline. We’ll look at ways to accomplish a Mishima surface with tools you probably have at hand. Read more…

Plaster Clay Damp Box

A plaster clay damp box for clay workers is a sealed container that holds moisture and keeps clay in the state you left it—soft, leather, etc. These gadgets, plaster clay damp boxes, are lifesavers for potters who find they can’t always get back to a clay project before it dries out. Read on for simple instructions on how to create a damp box easily, quickly, and cheaply. I use one in my home studio, and also on my storage shelf in the studio at school. Adapt this to your community studio storage space for real peace of mind. Read more…

Annie Chrietzberg’s online ceramics classes are a boon to ceramics makers.  A career ceramist and adventurer, Annie Chrietzberg lives in Bend, OR. Her soft colors and highly defined textures make her work uniquely irresistible. Our expert of the month teaches online classes for potters, ceramicists, and other makers in clay.

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So beautiful, so elegantly simple. German made. We think the maker is Keramik Weihnachten
Creating a contemporary ceramic nativity for next winter’s holidays is a perfect project, especially if you’re daunted by sculpting human figures. We collected images of more than half a dozen examples to get your thinking process started. Read more…

Layering clay surface design makes work stand out above the crowd. Overlap color, pattern, shine, and dimension. Kristen Kieffer graciously gave permission for us to show you how she has perfected the art of decorating ceramic ware with planned, and well executed layers. Read more…