How do you make an amazing pot instead of just a ‘good’ pot? Maybe a new pottery decorating technique or tip will help!
Below you will find some amazing tips and techniques that some of the top pottery bloggers posted in the past year. Including carving, resists, glazing, slip and more.
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Don’t forget, you can also find some great stuff in the articles 12 Tips for Making Pots or 23 Pottery Tips or you can see a complete introduction to making pottery.
1. Underglaze and Carved Lines
A multi-step process that yields outstanding results.
Michèle Hastings uses this technique to create a Whimsical Flower Pig.
Cindy Gilliland of DirtKicker Pottery has a short demonstration video.
Paige Puckett has some great images to walk you through the process of using underglaze to fill in impressions in clay.
2. Masking Tape Stickers
You can use a lot of things as a resist to keep glaze from part of a pot. FetishGhost uses good ol’ masking tape!
3. Mixing Glaze and Mason Stains
Big Ceramic Store explains how to mix mason stains and glaze to get some great effects.
4. Getting Started with Decals
Have you ever wanted to try ceramic decals?
Page gives a good explanation to help you get started.
Unfortunately, Page had to take this post down. You can find out why here. You can also donate here to help with legal fees as she fights to make things right.
5. Introduction to the Mishima Technique
You can view a great video about the Mishima technique at Bridges Pottery.
Gary Jackson shares a similar technique but uses wax resist and wipes off the extra slip.
6. Spraying Glazes
Carol offers some tips about spraying glazes and the equipment that she uses.
7. Colored Slip Decoration
Gary has some great images and explanations of some of the ways that he applies colored slip to decorate his pots.
8. Tint Slip with Food Coloring
Speaking of colored slips… Gary has a great tip to help your slip decorating be more efficient.
9. How to Avoid Crazing
Hamish shares some great information and research about crazing: Why it can be bad, how it happens and how to avoid it.
10. Using Shellac Resist
Did you know you can use shellac when making pottery? It makes a great resist!
11. Glazing Tips
Dominic shares some glazing tips and a few video demonstrations.
Glazing, the elephant in the room
12. Carving a Ginkgo Leaf Bowl
Michèle explains her process and shows some great images of carving a ginkgo leaf pattern into a large bowl. (Click her images to zoom in!)
13. Inspiring Slip Trailing Videos
If you didn’t catch it earlier, check out 7 Superb Slip Trailing Videos here at the Pottery Making Blog to help inspire you or improve your technique.
14. (Bonus!) Glaze Recipes and More
There was a good variety of recipes from the pottery blogs in the past year.
Cone 5 Amber
Cone 6: Gawk’s Clear, Opaque White
(From Martha Grover via Carol Clarkson)
Basic White Slip Recipe
Cone 10 R: Fake Mashiko
Cone 6: Kate Younger Clear
Cone 6: Revised Water Blue
Cone 04: Deb’s Clear Base
Cone 05: Francis Frosting
Simple Kiln Wash
15. (Double Bonus!!) Pottery Decorating in Style
Did you know that you can find a great collection of unique pottery shirts in the shop? Not only will you look as good as your pots, you will also help support this site!
Thanks for reading! And thanks to all the pottery bloggers that share so much great information.
Linda Starr says
thanks for all the tips
Where is the video for all the brightly colored slip trailed bowls. Is that just a come on?
Brandon "Fuzzy" Schwartz says
Unfortunately, the bright slip trailed bowls are only an image. Some of the tips have videos but many are text and images. There are some videos on youtube and instagram of using different colored slips. For example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PyKDYCNzF4
Kim jong says
They are nice but do you on line channel to learn from