From Clay to Kiln: The Complete Ceramic Firing Process Explained

Ceramic firing is an essential process in the creation of pottery and ceramic art. It involves heating raw clay objects in a kiln at high temperatures until they undergo physical and chemical changes that give them their final properties, such as hardness, durability, and glass-like surface. This article provides a detailed look at the entire … Read more

The Science Behind Glaze Chemistry

The fascinating world of ceramic glazes combines art with science to create endless possibilities for color, texture, and finish. Understanding the chemistry behind these glazes can help ceramists not only to achieve the desired aesthetic qualities but also to ensure the functionality and durability of their creations. This article dives deep into the components that … Read more

Sgraffito Techniques: Carving Creativity into Clay

Sgraffito, derived from the Italian word “sgraffire” meaning “to scratch,” is a decorative pottery technique produced by applying layers of color to leather-hard clay and then scratching away parts of the layer to create contrasting images, patterns, and texture. This technique allows artists to make intricate designs that are not only visually striking but also … Read more

The Beginner’s Guide to Ceramic Glazes: Understanding Your Options

Ceramic glazing is an art form that transforms simple clay objects into vibrant, functional, and decorative pieces. Whether you’re a novice potter or a seasoned ceramist, understanding the types of ceramic glazes and their effects can greatly enhance your work. This guide will provide an overview of the various glazes available and offer tips on … Read more

Ceramic Links You Will Love

Below you will find a collection of some of my favorite potters and sculptors links to awesome sites online. Pottery Making Techniques Ceramic Decorating Techniques Ceramic Glazing Techniques Handbuilding Techniques Making Ceramic Molds Making Ceramic Tile Wheel Throwing Techniques Clay Tools Carving Tools Decorating Tools Making Clay Tools Pottery Trimming Tools Throwing Tools Ceramic Studio … Read more