• Every now and again something simple catches my eye and gives me an idea. For example, the other day I was in the studio stringing some coasters together when I saw the string sitting next to an underglaze bottle.

    As simple as this sounds... I loved the way the string was just a bit curly, organic, and messy... and it gave me an idea for designing a few pieces.

    Here's what I came up with...

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  • With Easter only a few weeks away, I'm sure you have a couple projects sitting on the shelf waiting to be glazed. Why not put some of your underglaze to good use and give those projects a special touch!

    At Big Ceramic Store, we have many different underglaze colors, firing ranges, and manufactures, making it easy for you to choose the right ones for your work.

    Let's say you have a cute little chick you want to make a solid yellow... that's where an opaque underglaze like the Amaco LUG Series Yellow comes in handy. If it's too bright, just add a little white to tone it down.

  • In this post, you will learn how to design you pieces with copper oxide. Thank you, Susan Berzelius, for sharing the information and pictures in this post!

    Susan resides in Gilbert, Arizona, and has an extensive art history, beginning with an education from Normandale Community College, The University of Minnesota (Art Education/Studio Arts Painting Major), and Chandler Gilbert Community College.Design Your Pieces With Copper Oxide

    Her background also includes project like, Five on Tile... handmade tiles for 10 benches, 7 art pedestals, and 6 tables that line the one mile stretch of Arizona Avenue running through the downtown area.

    Recently, she became more involved in copper oxide design, and has graciously provided BCS information for our readers, so take notes and let the fun begin!

    • Louise B. | #

      You left me hanging,...very frustrating & NOT NICE!

      What is the next step for your "Design Your Pieces With Copper Oxide"???!!!

    • Laura Starr | #

      Might we see a photo of the finished piece using this technique. Thanks

  • If you saw our post on Wednesday, you already know I was on vacation and got some inspiration and found a couple new techniques I couldn't wait to share. Today is another one of those techniques, how to use shaving cream and underglaze to decorate your clay.

    Not only is it super easy, interesting, and fun, no two are ever alike! Some of the designs will be subtle while others will be strikingly bold, and together, they are simply amazing!

    Grab your cup of coffee and follow me to the studio for a fun time!

  • Every once in a while, I like to put my painting skills to use and increase the challenge level for myself. Ok, so my forte' is not painting, but I do know my way around mixing underglazes and a few simple brush strokes.

    How are your painting skills? Not so good you say? No worries, we'll go over a few simple techniques that will help you out. From mixing colors, to brushes and brush strokes, you will get a little more comfortable with trying it out.

    Grab your coffee, and follow me to the studio!

  • Are you looking for a new and interesting way to liven up your pots? Have you tried using sponges for design? Let me tell you, there are some really interesting designs waiting to be had with the sponges in your toolbox!

    I'm always trying new sponges. I have flat ones, round ones, course ones, fine ones, and my favorite... the funky shaped ones! Not only do we use sponges for texture in our studio, we paint with them as well.

    Grab your coffee, put your apron on, and let's head to the studio... Awesomeness is just around the corner!

    • Sharon | #

      Love these.... new ceramics idk. But with guidance wouldnt take long. How long would it take to learn, where i go in sc. I become certified in this too. Ill be teaching it too

  • With the Holidays fast approaching, we have a tendency to shift our studios to "color mode." What I mean by this is, instead of doing the normal brushing/dipping of glazes, we decorate more pieces with under/overglazes .

    We make snowmen, Santa's, trees and berries. The once simple plate, now has a corncob pipe, button nose, and two eyes made out of coal. There may even be a hat, and a scarf, with vibrant colors!

    Although there are a gazillion ways to use these glazes, I personally have only begun to scratch the surface with underglaze, and I've yet to try the overglazes.

    In this post, I'll show you some of the things I've tried, and talk about some of the things that didn't work out well. I'm also encouraging you to share some tips/tricks that you use. Don't be shy... jump right in and post your ideas in the comments section!

  • If you are anything like me,  you have a scoring system for the level of enjoyment you get from each step of your work. For instance, throwing = 7, hand-building = 8, sculpting = 10, and so on.

    On a scale of 1-10, what score would you give glazing? For me, I'd probably go with a (-2), that's if my scoring system went that low! Glazing is definitely my least favorite aspect of the job.

    I look forward to sitting at the wheel, rolling out a new slab, or sculpting a great piece. I don't even mind the bisque firing process, although, I do find it a bit time consuming, and a little boring. So, I had to ask myself, "what can I do to make glazing fun?"

    Here are a few tricks I've tried:

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