Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Pottery Pattern:Old Rose

 This pattern is an undeniable classic and has been a favourite of our fans for years and years. Its richness is strong but understated, and the Old Rose red is a special colour hue that just laughs at yearly trends and fads. It has formed a foundation for many of our collectors as it mixes well with almost everything we make. And it is available in every shape we produce. It is sure to please for years to come.

Large Mug

Oval Platter 

Vinegar Carafe

Covered Butterdish

Medium Jug

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Pottery Pattern:Tulip

  The simple stylized tulip is used in a variety of arrangements in this Nicholas Mosse pattern. It groups, it circles, it scatters, and it always looks good, clean and modern. The red of the tulip is a cousin to our other red patterns, so they all sit well together.

Vegetable Bowl 

Medium Oval Dish

Tall Cutlery Drainer

you can buy some pottery tulip

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Make Polymer Clay Beads With a Flower Pattern

Making polymer beads with flowers is really easy, and between caning and sculpture the options are limitless as to what can be done with them. When most people think of flower beads, the first thing that comes to mind are beads done with a basic five-petal bull's-eye flower cane. This cane takes only three or four colors for the most basic manifestation of it and takes very little time. First, roll your main flower color into an even log. Cut that log into five pieces, then arrange around a like-sized log that is your center color (generally yellow, or a darker shade of the main color). Place wedges of a contrasting color around the arranged logs until the whole thing is roughly cylindrical, then encase the entire thing except the ends in a layer of the contrasting color.
To reduce the log you've just made, let it rest for several hours to let the clay stiffen. Many artists prefer to let it rest overnight or place it in a refrigerator for several hours to make sure all the elements of the cane have set up. Now it's time to reduce. Do not roll the log on a flat surface to reduce it as this will cause the pattern to distort. Instead, gently squeeze the log all the way around and along its length, evenly reducing the diameter and lengthening it. As the ends bulge outward, push the center back in with your thumbs while "pulling up" on the sides with your other fingers. When the log is reduced to the desired size, cut off the ends until both ends show a clear, undistorted picture. The cane is now complete, and can be cut into disk beads or thin slices can be rolled over a plain clay core for any shape of bead imaginable. Bake according to the directions on the clay package.
So there are the instructions for a very basic flower pattern. Some people choose to dress it up a little by covering each flower "petal" segment with a sheet of complimentary color to set off the flowers. Skinner blends are very popular and involve creating a blend that fades from one color to another as it goes toward the center of the log. The easiest way to make this blend is to cut two identical right triangles of clay, one of each color being used (the most common is white with a bold color), place the clay so that the two together form a rectangle, with the 90 degree angles arranged diagonally opposite each other. Fold the clay, then roll it out with either a rolling cylinder or a pasta machine. Continue folding in the same direction and rolling it out until the lines between the colors blend. You should have a sheet of clay that is one of the original colors on each end and gradually changes color over the length of the sheet. This can then be rolled into a log and used for any element of the cane.
Roses are a very popular cane as well, and nearly as easy to make. Once you've managed a skinner blend, a basic rose can be created using several narrow sheets of clay in graduated shades that are layered offset to each other and then rolled, creating the spiral petals of a rose. Veins can be created in individual petals by layering the clay and reducing, making a more realistic-looking flower. Petal shapes are all governed by the shape of the logs used for each individual element and are easy to manipulate to fit into each type of flower.
Leaves are used with most flower canes. In order to make a basic leaf, create a skinner blend using two colors of green (or preferred leaf color). Roll into a log, then cut the log into however many lengthwise sections you desire. Generally, four or five cuts are made. Place an even layer of the color desired for the veins (generally a darker shade of green or a shade of brown) in between each section. Put the sections back together in the order they were cut. Next, make a single cut lengthwise at an angle to the vein layers, halving the cane. Turn one half of the cane around so that the veins on both halves are pointing upward. Place an even sheet of clay between the two halves that is the color you want for the center "stem" vein. Pinch the top of the log to a point, using the center vein as a guide to keep it straight. You should now have a leaf-shaped cane which can be used as an element in your flower canes.
It is important to remember that ANY kind of flower is possible with caning. The only thing you need to remember is that the end of the logs is what makes your picture and that round or square logs are the easiest to reduce without distorting the pattern. Remembering this, you can find simple pictures of any flower and create logs for each individual element in the flower and recreate the flower in clay. Reducing the clay is often the most difficult skill to master, but once you have it down you can make any size of cane that is as complex as you wish.
Sculpted flowers are also very popular for making into beads or button covers and are done on a similar principal, except that now each element becomes a 3-D piece instead of a log. A sculpted rose can be made with four or more small disks of clay layered together and then rolled, cut the roll down the center to form two rose pieces. Carefully pull the clay on the "petal" side outward to create a simple rose. Attention must be given when making sculpted pieces for beads because some types of clay break easily or do not hold up to wear and tear, or some smaller elements can be broken off.
Polymer clay is a really exciting medium that knows no restrictions as to colors, textures and techniques you can use to create one-of-a-kind pieces or special low-cost elements for mixed-media projects. Play around with pearl powders, embossing powder, inclusions and more to make really unique pieces out of these basic canes or sculpted flower.

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Folk Art Pottery Face Jugs

Pottery face jugs are storage jugs that have been designed as a normal jug might be with the exception that the side has been decorated with a distorted face. These faces may appear humorous or they may look more sinister and scary. They first started appearing in the US around the 1700s, predominantly in the southern states of South Carolina and Georgia.
There are a few stories about the origins of face jugs and what the ugly face on the side of the jug is meant to signify. They were originally thought to have been used as grave markers by slaves to ward off evil spirits.
Later, the use of these face jugs were used to store moonshine with the scary faces used as a kind of childproofing. The thinking was that the scary face would keep children from investigating the contents and there is probably something to this theory with some of the very old pottery face lamps look fearsome.
There is also a theory, particularly with the face jugs that held moonshine liquor, that the face represented on the side of the jug was a depiction of how your face would look after you drank too much of the contents.
As mentioned, face jugs have been made for hundreds of years and this means it is possible to track down antique pottery face jugs. Every now and then they come up for sale at auction sites. It is important to ensure that a jug that is purported to be made during a certain period is authenticated before you buy it. As with all types of pottery there are different ways in which the markings can be checked.
Below is a selection of vintage and antique pottery face jugs for sale that may provide you with a valuable addition to your ceramic collection.

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Hand Painting the clay body canvas

Hand Painting the clay body canvas

Using clay slips

What are clay slips?
Liquefied Clays


1.  Adheres objects to a pot. Attaching handles, decorations, etc.  
this usage of clay slips is found on the Handling page.

2.  Used in the mass production of molded pottery.

3.  The stage at which raw clays can be blended.

4.  When a glaze color is added,
it becomes to a potter as oils are to a painter.

5. Used to enhance glaze firing affects.

In this section we are concentrating on Painting your clay body with slips.

Basic Clay Slip Recipe: Clay slips are a small amount of clay mixed
with just enough water to form a batter  like consistency.

To Prepare Colored Slips:  Add a small amount of glaze color
to your already prepared clay slip base.
Stir, make sure the slip is free of lumps.  

A slightly thicker batter like consistency is better.
Paint your piece using an artist's brush or sponge.


There are different types of clay slips
depending on which type of clay is used.

Porcelain clay slips are made with porcelain clay and water,
stoneware clay slips are made with stoneware clay and so on.

There are also color active slips Color active slips are applied when the artist
 wants to enhance the glaze colors with special affects,
such as glaze color flashes.

Slips can take on the characteristics of the clays from which they are made.
This is due in part to where the clay was mined and the minerals and ores
that were present at the digging site.

This makes some slips indigenous to a particular geographic area
and more rare and some are even quite rare and very hard to acquire.  

Once such type is Albany slip The clay supply for this slip is no longer mined commercially. Albany slip is available only sparsely.

At this point a better understanding of the what is happening to glazes
during firing becomes important.  Clay slips can actually turn liquid during
firing based on the firing point of the particular clay type used.  

For example: If you are using an earthenware
clay type to make you clay slip, consider this:
Earthenware has a lower melting point than porcelain
or even stoneware clay.   

Earthenware clay is usually fired at lower firing temperatures, I
if you fire a piece painted with earthenware clay slip
 at high firing temperatures,
the slip may liquify and flow glazing your pot.   

Understanding how slips and glazes react under
various firing conditions is essential to a successful piece.  

This is an in depth topic combined with kiln understanding
which is covered at depth on the glaze and firing pages.

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Pottery Tutorials:Pinch Pot Construction

With pinching gestures, you can mold clay into objects such as animals or even make a bowl.  While this form of pottery seems really basic, you can get a feel for the clay you are working with and you will get to know the limits of your clay. (Does it bend easily?  Does it dry fast?  Etc.)
To make a bowl...
(Begin with a ball of clay)
   Begin with a ball of clay.  Push your thumb into the center.  Then pinch up the walls.
(Turn the piece as you pinch)
  Turn the piece as you pinch.  This will help you to keep an even thickness in the walls of the piece.
(Flatten the bottom)
   Gently pat the bottom on a flat surface to create a flat spot on the bottom of the piece.

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

How to Shop at a Pottery Barn Outlet Store

Pottery Barn Outlet stores are ideal for those who love the Pottery Barn look but want outlet prices. A tighter budget is not the only reason to shop at a Pottery Barn Outlet store; the outlets offer a different selection than the regular stores and are often the source of great furniture and home decor items. Here's how to find and shop at a Pottery Barn Outlet store:
Difficulty: Easy


Things You'll Need:

  • Time
  • Money
  1. 1
    Find a Pottery Barn Outlet store
    Find a Pottery Barn Outlet store
    Find out if there is a Pottery Barn Outlet Store within driving distance to you. Go on the main Pottery Barn website, and scroll to the bottom of the screen. Click "Store Locator." On the next screen, click the text that reads "Potter Barn Outlet Stores." As of this writing, there are Pottery Barn Outlet stores in the following states: Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
  2. 2
    Make a list and a budget for your Pottery Barn Outlet store shopping trip. Make sure you write down everything you want to look for, so you don't miss anything once you get there.
  3. 3
    Browse the furniture and decor offered at the Pottery Barn Outlet Store. Look for good deals on marked-down furniture; checking carefully for flaws. Compare colors for the same room to each other to ensure a complementary decor.
  4. 4
    Check out the linens, curtains and home decor selection. Some of the best bargains are found on discontinued styles. Be sure to get extras in the pattern you like because they may be sold out next time you're out shopping.
  5. 5
    Pay for your Pottery Barn Outlet Store selections, first asking the store manager for a discount on any large items you are interested in. Mention that you are paying cash--it can't hurt to ask.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

How to Clean Pottery After Glaze

Techniques for removing drip marks and other imperfections once you've glazed your pottery piece. Learn all this and more in this free online art lesson on video about painting pottery taught by potter Jennifer Gravel.

Expert: Jennifer Gravel
Bio: Jennifer Gravel has worked with ceramics for nine years and owns a contemporary Paint-Your-Own Pottery Studio called Clay Caf?, located in Stratford, ON, Canada.
Filmmaker: Melissa Schenk

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Pottery in the Arts and Crafts Tradition

Sassafrass Pottery - Sarah Gutierrez. Pottery in the Arts and Crafts Tradition

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Italian Pottery Ceramics

Italian Pottery Outlet offers the finest in imported Italian pottery at discounted prices. the family scours the Italian countryside searching for the most interesting Italian ceramic designs and patterns, and proudly bring these hand-painted, hand-fired, one-of-a-kind ceramic delights to you. their huge selection of traditional Italian ceramics (Italian majolica) come from Umbria, Tuscany and Sicily, as well as new and exciting patterns from regions all over Italy. Our Italian ceramics are made in small workshops where artisans and their families produce individual works of art using techniques handed down through generations.

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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Pottery in the Making

essa Fuchs trained at Salford Technical Art School and the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London. She set up her studio in London making sculptural pieces and some domestic ware using colourful matt glazes. Her work is inspired by her interest in animals, plants, gardening, trees, landscape and painting.

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Roman pottery

This book explains how traditional methods of classification have been supplemented by modern scientific and computer-based analysis, thereby encouraging specialists to ask an ever-widening range of questions.

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Monday, October 4, 2010

How to Scraffito a Greenware Pot In Pottery Techniques

 How to decorate a greenware pot using the scraffito technique; learn this and more in this free video arts and crafts lesson taught by a pottery making expert.

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Tunisian Pottery

Kallaline Mirror

berber Vase 

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Mexican Pottery

Talavera 3-Piece Canister Set

Talavera Pitcher & Basin

Talavera Garden Fountain

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Pottery Vases Decoration

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Australian Studio Pottery Art

Some examples of pottery art

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Katrich Pottery Studio

Paul J. Katrich is shown throwing pottery on a wheel. Some of his unique luster pottery are also seen. This is a silent video. Background: After several years in museum archival and conservation services, working for such clients as the Henry Ford Museum and Cranbrook, he launched Katrich Studios in 1995. Since then he has focused his attention on the invention and development of an unique line of luster glazes. His study of glazes associated with American Art Pottery, and his application of special glazes to his own pottery, has created a demand not only for his art pottery, but for Paul J. Katrich as a speaker as well. "Paul Katrich ... has been busily rediscovering the secrets of lustre, lava, and volcanic glazes yet again, and using them to spin his own ceramic fantasies." - Style: 1900 Magazine, November, 2007. "He uses glazes on his pots to take us on a journey deep into the earth's core, over its verdant surfaces and into distant galaxies. ""I want to explore colors in nature and the natural world is riotous with color, organic and inorganic," says Katrich, who taught himself to throw, glaze and fire, and now lectures widely. "I recognize no limits in this regard."" - Art & Antiques: Collectors Sourcebook, January, 2008 (also publish Robb Report). "Today, his forms are classical with brilliant colors in deep, thick numerous and interactive glazes, ... none are duplicated." - PBS Antiques Roadshow Insider, July, 2006. "Paul J. Katrich's shiny glazed vessels were a hot item [at the 2010 New York Ceramics Fair]. Katrich sold out a dozen within the first hour of the fair and stuck a handwritten sign in his glass vitrine reading "Sold Out! We Love New York." -, January, 2010 (search for "Paul J. Katrich").

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

How to collect Red Wing Art Pottery

Red Wing produced Art Pottery for the masses using molds and made it available at affordable prices. The company eventually manufactured over 1,929 unique shapes of Art Pottery that were identified by shape number, always located on the bottom, though some of those numbers were used twice. However, this number does not include lamp bases, kitchenware, and specialty items that also fall under the heading of "Art Pottery".

Appreciate the reasons why people collect Red Wing Art Pottery - to display, to use the many vases, candle holders, or ash trays, as a long-term financial investment, and as a means of passing on the history of Red Wing and its numerous pottery types to future generations.
Instructions :

  • 1
    1. Educate yourself on Red Wing Art Pottery. Good books on the subject are "Red Wing Art Pottery" and "Red Wing Art Pottery Two" both written and photographed by Ray Reiss. These extensive works provide glorious color photographs and reprints of Red Wing catalogues selling art pottery.

  • 2
    Narrow down which pieces of art pottery to collect and how you'll organize your collection(s). Because there were literally thousands of pieces of art pottery produced, the pottery presents collectors with a unique opportunity. For example, you can develop a collection by type (Red Wing Prismatique Line Vases); by color (a group of art pottery in a specific color such as Matt Turquoise with Eggshell Ivory on the inside); size (Red Wing swans); shape numbers, etc.

  • 3. Establish a budget. Collecting Red Wing Art Pottery is not nearly as expensive as salt glaze pottery or stoneware, but you still need to develop a budget. As with other pottery collections, monitor the art pottery market and become familiar with current economic conditions and prices. Now is a great time to buy art pottery, not so much if you're looking to sell a collection.

  • 4
    Specialty pieces manufactured for Hamms Brewery executives.

    Specialty pieces manufactured for Hamms Brewery executives.
    4. Familiarize yourself with the characteristics of as much Red Wing Art Pottery as possible. A good place to start is by knowing the difference between brushed ware and glazed Red Wing Art Pottery.

  • 5
     Search for Red Wing Art Pottery at estate and farm auctions and the Red Wing Pottery auctions that take place during the annual convention in Red Wing, MN each July. Auctions on eBay also offer Red Wing Art Pottery on a regular basis.

  • 6
    Examples of Red Wing Brushed Ware Art Pottery.

    Examples of Red Wing Brushed Ware Art Pottery.
     Look for Red Wing Art Pottery from your past. Art Pottery is probably the most common type of Red Wing available and collectors are still finding pieces stored in attics, barns, and basements. Those connections are definitely worth investigating.

  • 7. Enjoy yourself!

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    How to Turn Broken Ceramics Into Art

    Crash! Your antique boutonniere aloof took a dive and is now comatose in pieces. The end. Or is it aloof the beginning? With a folk ability accepted as "pique assiette," or atom art, you can accord the pieces fresh activity as a circuitous account frame, flowerpot, tabletop or whatever you can dream up.
    Look at the pieces of bowl with a fresh eye: as raw actual for art. Figure out how abundant breadth the pieces will awning and whether they're baby abundant to assignment with (see Tips).
    Break up bigger pieces carefully. Place them in a pillow case or old beat and tap them - not too hard, but not too cautiously - with a hammer. Stop back you accept pieces baby abundant to lie collapsed on the apparent to which you'll attach them.
    Choose the article you will decorate. Consider a advanced account anatomy for pieces of abate objects, a flowerpot or - if you accept lots of pieces - the top of an end table.
    Determine whether you accept abundant shards to awning the apparent you've chosen. Remember that if you don't accept absolutely enough, you can ample in with pieces of addition account or alike baby adorning tiles.
    Purchase circuitous adhering (available in best ability stores) and asphalt adhering in any blush you like.
    Create your architecture by agreement the pieces on the apparent until you've accomplished a arrangement you like. Remove the shards to a assignment surface, attention the architecture while you adapt the apparent and the shards.
    Make abiding the apparent and your shards are dust-free. Apply a attenuate band of circuitous adhering to the apparent to be busy and to the backs of the beyond shards, again attach the shards to the object.
    Apply asphalt adhering to the gaps amid pieces with a adjustable knife, a ability stick or your rubber-gloved fingers. Wipe off any balance with a apple-pie cloth. Wait for the adhering to dry, and your assignment of art is done!

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    Monday, August 23, 2010

    Black Pottery Handicraft

    Black Pottery Handicraft

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    Linen & Green

    Here is another quick little project for myself... nesting fabric baskets for the kitchen. I used a textured linen-look fabric for the outside and added cute little tags. I hand-stamped some ribbon, and made others from pretty tea ribbon created by Anna of Lilla Lotta. They are cute but next time I will quilt them so they are sturdier :o)

    What a surprise when I found this peony in my back garden! I am enjoying my new yard immensely and will enjoy it even more once the sun comes out to play.

    I must admit that I am proud of my baker's rack herb garden with the tiny greenhouse of strawberries on the top shelf. I planted thyme, parsley, both sweet & thai basil, cilantro, oregano, rosemary, sage, marjoram, tarragon, savory, mint and chives. I started most of the herbs from seeds so I can't wait until they grow a bit more to fill the pots. The only thing missing is an old metal watering can or two :o)

    Enjoy your afternoon tea & quilted crafts!

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    Throwing a clay pottery pasta bowl on a potters wheel

    Throwing a clay pottery pasta bowl on a potters wheel demonstration demo how to pot throw make

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    Watch the Pottery(Teaware) Making Technique Live

    Watch the Pottery(Teaware) Making Technique Live!

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    Sunday, August 22, 2010

    paint your own pottery

    Small Cup & Saucer
      Pottery Painting
      Pottery Painting
      Pottery Painting
      Pottery Painting
      Pottery Painting

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