ARCHITECTURAL CERAMICS

Hi Everyone,My blog today is about architectural ceramics. Like most of ceramics, this area goes back thousands of years and is still extensively used today in modern design, because of its versatility, functionality and durability. Architectural ceramics can be seen in Mesopotamia’s brick ziggurats (a pyramid-shaped temple) and the intricate ceramic tile work in Islamic […]

THE SLABROLLER

Hi Everyone,  A slab roller is an interesting piece of pottery equipment that rolls out slabs of clay for hand-building pottery. Whether manual or electrically powered, all slab rolling machines work on the same principle, in that the clay is essentially flattened between two heavy rollers, very similar to an old-fashioned mangle and produces perfect […]

THE CLAY EXTRUDER

THE CLAY EXTRUDER Hi Everybody, Today, I’m going to talk about using a clay extruder. These devices come in various sizes, from the miniature to large wall mounted machines. A clay or ceramic extruder is a mechanical device that simply passes clay through a clay column, once pressure is applied. At the bottom of the […]

DOULTON POTTERY

Hi Everybody, I have always admired Doulton Pottery for the variety of work that they produce. (See also our previous blog on the History of the Ceramic Toilet.) Doulton’s work includes decorative ceramics, practical ceramics and even architectural works, but the Pottery was also a major contributor to the development of individual studio ceramics. In […]

HAND-BUILDING TECHIQUES

Hi Everyone, Hand-building techniques in pottery are one of the few areas of ceramics that have not changed since they were developed in ancient times. No mechanical tools are needed, you just need to use your hands. Hand-building can be categorised into three main areas, pinching, slating, and coiling and of course these techniques can […]

HAIRSPRAY AND SHAVING FOAM

Hi Everyone, Have you ever thought what hairspray, shaving form, vinaigrette and many other common things have to do with ceramics? I haven’t until I compiled this list… Hairspray: This can be used, if you need to reglaze a pot. The problem when re glazing pottery, is that because the pot has already been glazed […]

THE ORIGINS OF GLAZES

Hi Everybody, Before glazes, the method used to make pottery watertight was by burnishing clay and then rubbing in some wax, but the true origin of glaze dates back to 5000 BC. The Egyptians were perhaps the first to discover that glass and sand impregnated with salt fused into glaze. These glazes were used for […]

USING TEXTURE

Hi Everybody, Today, I am going to talk about using textures on clay, which can be a very exciting way of making your work stand out and be individual. Anything that can make a mark in clay can be used as a texture and it is worth collecting and sorting various items, which you can […]

WILLIAM DE MORGAN TILES

Hi Everybody, I find it so interesting that all artists, painters, sculptors, potters and writers are influenced by what has gone before. Often this may be sub-conscious and they may not even realise they are being influenced. You may just see something that gives you an idea or effects your work in an important way. […]

UNDER THE INFLUENCE

Hi Everybody, I find it so interesting that all artists, painters, sculptors, potters and writers are influenced by what has gone before. Often this may be sub-conscious and they may not even realise they are being influenced. You may just see something that gives you an idea or effects your work in an important way. […]