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Color your world

A complete guide to getting a fantastic spectrum of colorful glazes, Linda Bloomfield looks at a full range of materials and options for creating colors in glazes. This book is illustrated with finished work as well as an extensive collection of sample test tiles to illustrate the variety of colors possible in ceramics. The practical aspects of mixing, applying, testing and adjusting glazes are also explained, while a large selection of glaze recipes are included for use on earthenware, stoneware and porcelain fired in electric, gas and salt kilns. A very useful book aimed at making glazes that achieve the colors you want, and to help you broaden your palette.

Softcover | 144 Pages
Order code CA117 | ISBN
978-1-57498-324-1
Price: $29.95

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Uniquely creative

The world of fabrics is loaded with rich designs and offers a wealth of inspiration for ceramic artist Amy Sanders. When growing up, one of her favorite times of the year was going to the fabric store with her mom and sisters and picking out a pattern and fabric for a special outfit her mom would sew for her for school. She began to sew herself and this eventually provided inspiration for her work in clay.

Piecing together clay in a manner similar to sewing clothing or quilting, intentionally revealing the construction process and seams, and capturing the plastic nature of clay, provided a natural transition from the sewing machine to the clay studio for Amy. Nostalgic, vintage and historic fabrics inspire her surfaces and she sees clay as a canvas – a place to layer imagery pattern and texture.

In this comprehensive 4-disc DVD collection, Amy leads you through her process of developing the tools you need and instructions required to create richly textured handbuilt and thrown pieces that are sure to inspire your own lively creations.

Run time: Approximately 5 hours

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Embrace the unknown

In this DVD, Deborah Schwartzkopf presents functional vessels made using a variety of construction techniques. She offers many different examples of working with clay that will enrich your skills whether you’re a handbuilder or thrower. She describes and demonstrates the construction methods for making non-round, expressive shapes in clay by altering thrown forms and using patterned and molded slabs. By laying aside your preconceived notions of what a mug or bowl or any form usually looks like, you’ll be able to embrace the unknown that these objects can yield.

Run time: Approximately 2 hours

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  Breathing New Life Into Your Pots

Mark Peters is a potter, but not your ordinary potter. Mark makes wheel-thrown functional pottery, and a lot of it is altered or assembled off the wheel. Each pot is organic and loose in form, while bold and defined in structure. You’ll find the fresh approach to throwing and decorating demonstrated in this DVD to be absolutely refreshing.

In this 2-disc DVD, Mark takes you step-by-step through his process of how to make pots come to life. Round plates become oval, round jars become square, round bowls become faceted — there’s nothing that comes off Mark’s wheel that doesn’t get a fresh treatment or a new twist.

Run time: approximately 3 hours.

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  Add an Artistic Flair to Your Home

If you’ve ever considered making architectural ceramics but weren’t sure where to start, you’re in luck. Noted tile artist Stephani Stephenson presents all the information you need to get started with architectural ceramics in this technique-packed DVD.

Whether you want to tile a bathroom, add a fireplace surround, or create a unique garden wall, Stephani’s clear, easy-to-follow instructions will get you well on the way. You’ll learn everything from planning and designing to understanding all the nuances required for making tiles and sculptural features that will make a permanent artistic statement in your home.

Run time: Approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes – 2 DVD SET

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Make Outstanding Surfaces!

For anyone working in clay, the surface remains a huge challenge. We work hard learning to make pieces on the wheel and hand-build forms that won’t crack. But when it comes to the surface, we spend little time or effort, often with disastrous results. Not Erin Furimsky.

Using a variety of techniques and materials, Erin demonstrates how you can create visual depth to your surfaces. To do this, she works with clay at every stage from leather-hard to glazed. With the variety of techniques she demonstrates, you’ll be able to take something as simple as a circle and create different surfaces — something crisp, something detailed, something with relief — all used in conjunction with one another to create visual depth.

Running time: Approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes – 2 DVD SET

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A Lifetime of Ideas

In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents Video Series, Sandi Pierantozzi skillfully demonstrates her soft slab handbuilding techniques, which she has perfected over the past 25 years. Sandi guides you through a variety of her signature processes and demonstrates how a wide variety of forms can be created from the same beginning. By showing a vast array of possibilities for form, Sandi will engage you in the creative process, encouraging the question of “What if I try this…?”

A seasoned workshop presenter, Sandi clearly and concisely covers practical topics you may have wondered about. Once you see her work and her demonstrations, you’ll realize how her style has now become a part of the studio ceramic art vocabulary.

Running time: 3 hours – 2 DVD SET

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Flat Out Creativity

Tile making provides so many opportunities for creativity that it’s no wonder some artists find themselves devoting all their time to them. Angelica Pozo mastered tile making years ago and shares her vast knowledge of the process along with her many decorating skills in this all new step-by-step DVD demonstration.

Beginning with basic tile forming and progressing through a robust range of decorating techniques, you’ll discover so many things that the problem will be wondering just where to start — a single tile, a panel, a back splash, an outdoor installation, a table? Angelica has done them all and provides the information you need to get you successfully started on the way.

Running time: 2 hours

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When You Need More Than One

If you’ve ever considered making a mold, you’re not alone. Molds are a simple way to create simple or complex forms that allow you to make multiple copies of a form with little effort. When you do that, the individual forms lose their preciousness, which allows you the freedom to creatively experiment. And as you build a library of forms, you’ll find even greater flexibility as you cut and reassemble shapes in any number of configurations.

Mike Davis leads you step-by-step through the entire process of mold making and slip casting. By the end of his demonstration, you’ll understand the principles of making both single and multi-part molds as well as how to make your own slip and successfully cast pieces.

Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes

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Expand YOUR Palette

Colored clays have been used for centuries in ceramics to attain qualities not possible with any other technique. From jewelry and lighting to functional and sculptural pieces, working with colored clay requires a whole different way of thinking in ceramics. Instead of forming objects and applying decoration and finishes separately, using colored clays allow you to do everything at once so you are basically forming and decorating at the same time.

Curt Benzle is one of the world’s leading experts on colored clays, a medium he’s been working in for nearly 40 years. In this Ceramic Arts Daily DVD, he demonstrates how to create colored clays and how to use them in various techniques such as neriage, nerikomi and slip.

When done properly, incorporating color directly into porcelain will enable you to use a single material for both two and three dimensional work. You’ll be able to form objects and develop the surfaces simultaneously, which will allow for greater immediacy and a significant integration between form and surface.

Running time: 1 hour 57 minutes

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Take a New Direction

China paint — fired at the lowest end of the ceramic firing range — offers potters the chance to get consistent, durable and predictable color in their decoration. Any effect you can get from paint or ink, you can achieve with china paint. It  is the one place where the world of paint interacts with the world of fired clay.

Paul Lewing, trained as both a studio potter and a painter, brings more than 40 years of expertise to this inspiring and informative DVD. You’ll learn the basics of the technique and move through various exercises to develop skills and confidence.

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Improve Your Throwing

Nan Rothwell is the consummate teacher — knowledgeable, talented, and thorough. No matter what your skill level, you’re sure to pick up many techniques as she demonstrates everything from basic cylinder and bowl making to a series of unique projects.

Even though you may think you’re beyond some of the basics in your throwing, you may discover a tip or two that will help you make better, taller and more consistent forms than you do right now. And when you follow her step-by-step instructions for making various projects, you’ll soon find yourself on a whole new level in pottery equipped with the skills you need to explore your own ideas.

Running Time: 2 hours 32 minutes – 2 DVD SET

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It’s All About Image

If you’ve ever wanted to try printing on clay, now’s your chance. With Paul Andrew Wandless’ DVD, you’ll discover everything you need to know to get started — and to become an expert! In our first installment of Ceramic Arts Daily Presents, image guru Paul Andrew Wandless demonstrates how to transfer images onto the clay surface. Beginning with creating screens and stencils and preparing “inks” through to the final printing, you’ll gain a complete understanding of the entire process.

Never made a silkscreen? Not a problem because Paul’s detailed demonstration leaves nothing out. After watching this segment, you’ll be able to confidently make professional grade screens within 5 to 10 minutes using one of two simple methods described. Whether you use a plain wood frame or one of the spline frames from a craft store, construction is simple.

Running Time: 1 hour 37 minutes

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