My love of clay started on the wheel, but since my time in the studio is so often piecemeal, I have found myself hand building more and more. These heart dishes started as a playful attempt at using up some random clay scraps, and have evolved over time as I have refined the form. They are relatively quick and uncomplicated, and a fitting Valentine’s Day project.
Jessica Putnam-Phillips from the online ceramic learning center Clay Share features her Bailey Standard 4 Extruder in these two videos. In the first video, watch as Jessica reviews the Standard 4 Extruder, explaining the instructions for operating one and discussing the things to consider when purchasing one. In the second video, learn how to create adorable and easy succulent planters using the Standard 4 Extruder.
This harvest platter is inspired by the piles of leaves that collect under trees in the Fall. The organic form and warm color of this platter celebrate the season and would make a lovely handmade addition to any harvest table.
Halloween tends to spark creativity and imagination year after year. In fact, there are many opportunities to express yourself around Halloween, from carving pumpkins to stitching up costumes, decorating the house, or baking up a spooky treat. Why not incorporate ceramics into some of your craftings? With Halloween sneaking up on us, we've got a Halloween ceramic decal project just for you! A creepy crawly Spider Platter that will catch all your Halloween treats!
Slip trailing is a process in ceramics created by squeezing lines of thick, liquid clay or slurry onto a wet or leather-hard clay surface using a squeeze-bulb or tube applicator. There are many ceramicists today using the age-old technique of slip trailing in their work. Kristen Kieffer, a full-time studio potter, workshop presenter, and ceramics instructor based out of Massachusetts, is one of them.