Small ceramic house-box

The slabs of clay can be used for lots of different projects. This  project needs precision  in measuring, cutting and assembling the slabs and the consistence of clay must be not too soft. Remember to use "slurry" clay to join the slabs on the edges, after  having scratched the surfaces to be joined. The surface of the box may be textured, carved or decorated, and in the same way you can build a … [Read more...]

Coil vase with a ‘not round’ base

Starting from any shape as base of the vase,  you can model a vase not round, by growing as a free shape in your hands. The coils follow the shape of the base and then they can widen and narrow as you like. Here's my vase made with this technique. I glazed the interior of the pot, and I colored the outer surface with manganese oxide. … [Read more...]

Pinch Pot Animals

The most simple technique to realize a little animal with clay is the Pinch Pot : use just your fingers, first the thumb and then all the fingers to create a fish, a bird, a dragon, a turtle, a lizard, an alien!! Only a recommendation: always remember to open a small hole in the bottom of your sculpture! … [Read more...]

Ceramic slab boxes

We used the slab technique for make these boxes. After the first fire we painted with engobe colours and then we glaze them. With second fire we fixed colours and glaze, here is the result! … [Read more...]

Throwing clay!

I had an unforgettable experience learning how to throw clay with the Master Paul Webb in Wolfcastle (Pembrokeshire, UK). I’m just at the beginning of this extraordinary art, it’s just a training for me, but I feel something really special and magic in this practice, more and more! me and my (attempts) pottery! the Master Paul Webb … [Read more...]

Essences ceramic diffuser

Building with coils, the essences ceramic diffuser must be large enough for a candle. You can build the container for the candle and the cup for the essences separately and then you can join them. When the clay as hard as leather you can cut the opening for the candle and some openwork decoration behind. After the first firing you can decorate with engobe and glaze with transparent glaze. The … [Read more...]

Ceramic soap dish with leaf’s print

This is red clay, we added texture with leaves pressing them on the clay slab, then we put the slab in a small dish to give it the curved shape (it's possible also to dry it with a hairdryer).  When it is dry you fire in the kiln and paint the leaf impression with dark brown, then you can sponge it off. The light color is the last color we've painted. The colors are like SLIP COLORED CLAY, but … [Read more...]

Masks made of DAS

Terracotta or White DAS is an air hardening, non toxic, malleable modelling clay. Fine textured and easy to smooth, DAS can be used on a variety of supports. Decorate with acrylic, varnish or poster paint.  You can use instead of clay. Here students of 8th grade (seconda media) shaped masks and colored them with acrylic colours. Eventually you can put clear … [Read more...]

Ceramic: little house to hang

Another idea, very easy to do with thin slab of clay and coloured with glazed engobe colours. … [Read more...]

Mexican sun

Inspired by the Mexican pottery this "sun" is made from a slab of clay leaned on an upturned plate, then cut and shaped. After preparing a project and then finished the first firing, the sun was decorated with Engobes and then glazed. … [Read more...]