ClayCraft #39

ClayCraft magazine is a must-have for ceramic enthusiasts, packed with fun and inspirational pottery projects for all levels. A monthly subscription of ClayCraft magazine offers an exciting mix of information and inspiration on the world of ceramics, with practical step-by-step projects, essential clay choice and design tips, as well as interviews with individual pottery makers. Whether you are a beginner to the world of pottery, a student or a professional, ClayCraft magazine is an essential read for makers at any level. Inside every issue, you’ll find advice for pottery novices who are brand new to the world of ceramics, tips for intermediate makers looking to improve their skills and challenging projects for the professional clay makers out there. If you’re looking for a ceramics magazine that combines inspiration and information on the popular world of clay making, then ClayCraft magazine is the perfect read for you.

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Things are still just as much up in the air as they were the last time I wrote, although I’m pleased to see that Valentine Clays re-opened for online sales after Easter. We’re lucky that we can still work with clay at home, even if not everyone has access to a kiln. You can keep anything you make in its green state until things improve, but be careful with it; it’s very delicate at bone-dry. Even though the social distancing measures mean that studios are closed, some potters are offering firing services. Do check our courses listing at the back of the magazine, some of them have kiln hire listed, but it’s definitely worth asking anyone local to you whether they’d be prepared to help you out. These are extraordinary times, after…

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there's more to mending ceramics than just kintsugi!

If you have a news story, product launch or details of some other topical item you’d like our readers to know about, email Pottery and Porcelain Restoration is a practical guide for amateurs to the craft of the professional restorer. With over 360 photographs, it explains the simplest, safest and ethical techniques that are recommended today and – essentially – do not further damage your pieces. Written with clear, practical detail, it explains the full process and gives a unique insight into the delicate job of the ceramic restorer. • Introduces the history of pottery and porcelain, and gives an account of the methods and ethics of ceramic restoration • Provides a complete list and details of materials and equipment, and particularly advises on the best choice of glues • Describes the full…

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anglian potters first online selling exhibition: 1 may to 5 june

Many potters are still able to work at home in the current lock-down conditions, but there are few places to sell their work. Since spring would usually be the time for one of the renowned Anglian Potters Open Exhibitions, they have decided to help out by creating a 'Virtual Exhibition' – a selection of work by 25 artists, a mixture of professional and amateur potters. The exhibition website displays a wide range of top-quality ceramic artwork, from bowls to sculptures, wall plaques to vases, in a rich variety of colours and textures. It's the perfect opportunity to find presents or enhance your own home or garden. This show will run from May to 5 June in the first instance and will be followed up with a second tranche of potters later in the…

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thrown, cut-rimmed bowl

DIFFICULTY RATING TURNING THE FOOT RING You will need: Clay of choice – earthenware or stoneware. 900g (2lb) for a small bowl Throwing tools – water bowl, sponge, cutting wire, rib, batt Palette knife Turning tool Ribs Before you begin: Throw a pad to affix a batt. You can find instructions for this in issue 38’s – ‘Throwing a large amount of clay’ project, or visit Prepare the clay by kneading it to remove any possible trapped air, then form it into a cone shape…

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rich miller explains how to make beautiful tiles

Tiles are a great first step into making in clay. Though they have their difficulties (mainly keeping them flat!), they can easily be made on the kitchen table and can be decorated using a 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional approach. Handmade tiles can simply provide a canvas on which to experiment with slips, oxides, underglazes or enamels, or they can be undulating, carved and embossed relief surfaces created with glaze manipulation in mind. In 2005, I took over a tile company, having never made a tile during my ceramics education. To say it provided a steep learning curve would be an understatement but, 15 years on, handmade stoneware tiles continue to fascinate me. For many years, tiles have been considered the poor relation to other ceramics disciplines, purely a skilled craft tradition. More…

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tile-making tips

Making • Do not manipulate the slab too much. Clay has a memory and will warp and distort if it’s not treated with respect. Use canvas on both sides to allow you to flip the slab without bending it too much • Try to avoid using a rolling pin when creating slabs. Less stress will be put on the clay if you use a harp and guide sticks to make slabs to a depth. Do remember to compress the slab using a rubber kidney once it’s at depth, otherwise, you may have problems with it cracking during firing. • Selecting an appropriate clay will make tile making easier. Choose something that has a good percentage of grog added. If you’re not planning to carve into it, you don’t need to worry about the…