I have always loved Patti Warashina's work. Much of the imagery in her work is mocking of the status quo, working against stereotypes and preconceived notions of women and challenging people to think about the world they live in.
When you "throw off the hump" on the potter's wheel you create a form from the top portion of a large hump of clay that you can then cut off. This process can be repeated to create multiple forms all from that one hump of clay. Great for production work, potters throw off the hump to create multiple pieces in one sitting while skipping the time-consuming step of preparing and centering multiple balls of clay. We would like to introduce a hump cut-off tool, that adds accuracy to this efficient process!
If you've ever heard of water-slide ceramic decals, you may already know that ceramic decals are transfer prints created out of ceramic materials. We see ceramic decals on commercially produced ceramics and glass everywhere. Here we will discuss how you can apply decals to your own ceramic ware using tools you already have in your ceramics studio. We will also be sharing our tips for a successful decal firing.
Sometimes we have a great glaze that works well when it is dipped, poured or sprayed on but try and brush with it, and that is a whole other issue. Choosing glazes formulated for a brushing application and using glaze additives in glazes that are not already formulated for brushing is the key to making that great glaze behave beautifully when brushed.
Have you ever wondered how much it costs to fire an electric kiln? Maybe you access a shared kiln and would like to divvy up the cost of a firing. While there are a number of factors that go into overall kiln costs such as studio rent or kiln maintenance, it is possible to hone in on what you pay for a single firing. In fact, we have a guideline that we use to calculate the approximate cost of firing our standard top loading or front loading electric kilns and we are going to share it here with you.