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Preparing the clay by hand for Acoma pottery

Preparing clay by hand. It starts with prayer. I suppose it must be similarĀ  to the way the traditional First Nations women prepare medicine here. They go to the desert near Kamloops, B.C. They pray over plants, leaves, berries, and … Continue reading

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Good Impressions Part 4: Saggar firing with Terry Shepherd

Terry Shepherd is an expert in saggar firing and the videos we’re seeing today are from a workshop he taught. His site, Shepherd Clay Works, shows his range of work. Shepherd is the artist-in-residence and director of the ceramics program … Continue reading

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Close-up on carving linoleum blocks

Yesterday, we covered the idea of using linocuts to make impressions on clay. I needed a closer look at this art form…a tutorial on how to carve the lino. We know about the block of lino and the tools, but … Continue reading

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Gold and silver leaf on ceramics, Part 1

The first time I saw gold and silver leaf was in the mid-1970s, as the guest-of-honor at a dinner held in the home of a South Asian gem stone dealer and archaeologist. When the dinner was served, it took my … Continue reading

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Mishima Inlay Using Ceramic Underglazes

Mishima inlay is very attractive to me and I want to do more of it. This form of inlay does require a painstaking process using colored slips. First, I had to remove clay from the areas I wanted to inlay, … Continue reading

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The Student and Teacher’s Thixotropic Clay

Goopy, gloopy. Oozing, dripping. These are attributes of thixotropic clay, the properties of which are caused by deflocculation. The usual ways we work with clay are out of the question. “The clay appears to be firm but becomes increasingly fluid … Continue reading

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