Potters generally make use of a wheel or produce freeform pieces by hand for one-of-a kind art, but what do you do if you’re looking to create multiples of the same pieces? Unless you’re a master of free-forming or using a wheel, your pieces will likely not be identical and it will also be a highly labour intensive process. Instead, if you’re looking to create pieces again and again, making use of a press mould is your best bet. Here are our top tips and tricks for using a press mould.
There are many different types of kilns that are used for ceramic arts. There are two types of kilns, the continuous or tunnel kiln and the periodic or intermittent kiln. Continuous kilns are continuously firing and are never cool. The items that are to be fired are placed into cars and then slowly move through the kiln. Continuous kilns are mainly used for industrial manufacturing. Periodic kilns are used most often by potters, and fire intermittently. The items are loaded into the kiln; the temperature is set, and then cooled. (more…)
Types and Methods of Glazing
Glazes are made from a type of glass especially made in such a way that they adhere onto the pottery surfaces. When this glass is liquid it is stiff and will stick to the vertical surfaces of the pots when they are being fired. There are various ways of applying glaze. (more…)
Why Are Chinese Ceramics So Valuable?
You have probably heard of the absolutely outrageous prices that ancient Chinese ceramics sell for. If you haven’t, consider that the Meiyintang ‘Chicken Cup,’ a small, white ceramic cup with a few hand painted images, sold for $36.5 million. This auction was held at Sotheby’s in 2014, setting a world record. (more…)
Maintaining Ceramic Pottery
Ceramics are one of mankind’s oldest inventions, and we’ve become really good at both creating and looking after ceramics over the last few thousand years. Any ceramic includes an object that is shaped when wet and hardened by heat, and this itself can consist of a number of different styles. (more…)
5 Ceramic Techniques You Should Try Ceramics are quite possibly the most ever-present of all art forms to have emerged from human history. To this end, the oldest known ceramic figurine, Venus of Dolní Věstonice, has been traced back to the Czech Republic during the Upper Paleolithic period in 29,000-25,000 BC. Ceramics in its various …