Yes, you read that right. WE’VE GOT NEW GLAZE! I am super happy about it and you should be too. Most pottery studios offer a variety of dip glazes. Those are glazes that you dip bare pottery into instead of painting the glaze on with a brush. This can be messy, lead to uneven color, and be hard for a beginner to use. Our new glazes are called underglaze.
What is the benefit of an underglaze versus a dip glaze? Underglaze offers you one main benefit, control. Underglaze is similar to paint in consistency and works wonderfully with a paintbrush. This way, you can turn your pottery into a canvas and really get creative!
Here are a few examples of pieces made with our new underglazes.
ALSO! ***For those of you who are more interested in glazing a piece that has been pre-made, we offer that too.
Hand building with clay can be a tricky thing! It can be messy, but also lots of fun. One simple lesson we use to introduce the hand building process is clay roses. You can make them in any size and thickness and are a wonderful way to get used to the feel and malleability of stoneware clay.
First thing we do is pinch off and roll up different sized balls of clay, going biggest to smallest. Once you have them ready, flatten them out like the picture below.
TOP: Step 1 BOTTOM: Step 2
Each flattened out clay ball is a rose petal. Next, you will place each petal slightly on top of the one next to it. Once every “petal” is touching, you start to roll the rose.
START WITH THE SMALLEST PETAL FIRST – roll smallest to largest.
Once you have all of the petals completely rolled in to each other you can pinch off any extra clay at the bottom of the rose. Sometimes it gets bulky towards the bottom and you can pinch to taper off the edge.
After you have your rose coiled you can smooth out any edges and make leaves to apply from the bottom. It sounds more complicated than it is!
Here is an example.
After it is dried, it’s glazed and put in the kiln.
I use a Renaissance era technique, referred as ‘Camera Obscura’ at my studio. This techniques helps my students to identify lines and shadows. By looking into camera, they can easily sketch an image of the scene onto a piece of paper to create a realistic drawing. The idea behind this exercise is not to copy an image but to learn how to see an object and recognize outlines and shadows which will eventually help them build perspective and to create a realistic, detailed drawing in their artwork.
My students love this process of learning. In picture below, a girl is drawing a pear and a cube by looking into a camera.