When glazes are manipulated with different controlled layering techniques, very interesting effects can result from that.
During the upcoming online glaze workshop, I will give the complete beginner, basic instructions of how to buy, to mix, and to apply glazes onto pottery.
The intermediate potter will get the opportunity to explore and improve glazing techniques.
It starts by learning to manipulate the consistency of the glazes and to apply glazes in a creative way.
Those potters that wants to learn to create glazes from a recipe will not be disappointed.
If you are interested to start creating your own original glazes, this course will provide you with the most basic tools to start the journey.
What did you do before bats were invented to put on the potters wheel? Then how did you secure the bat on the wheel head before someone discovered that 2 holes on the wheel head that can hold a nut and a bolt in which you can click a wheel bat with corresponding holes in it?
In this video I am showing you how to create a clay pad that you can use repetitively to secure a bat on.
Note how I start trimming. First the interior and then the exterior wall. It is easier to judge the wall thickness while trimming right side up and if the interior is perfect, the exterior can just follow.
I trim the foot with a blunt tool, because the clay is still very soft at this stage ( I normally keep my pots under plastic until it releases itself from the bat), but first use a surform blade to take any unevenness out. The softness of the foot allows me to reshape the foot rim. For the walls I use a sharp trimming tool, to prevent that I have to push too hard on the thin rim.
I run the wet sponge over the whole piece to create a slip that help me to smooth the surface out with a rubber kidney, but at the same time, the re wetting of the pot will allow me to alter the shape later. Be aware that if the pot is to dry when one add water, it can de-laminate.
Antoinette demonstrates throwing a wide rimmed Southern Ice Porcelain bowl. Southern ice porcelain is one of the more difficult porcelains to throw on a potters wheel, because it is less plastic than other clay bodies. I used approximately 3 lbs (1.3 kg ) clay to demonstrate the process.
Clips from Antoinette's hands-on workshops
Throwing, altering, pinching, carving and understanding porcelain are all elements of the "Diva" of clay that are included in the online porcelain classes of Antoinette Badenhorst. Students learn to push their own limits and are challenged to show the translucency in porcelain. Video clips show workshops in Canada, South Africa as well as snippets from porcelain e-courses that Antoinette presented. Antoinette taught in Europe in 2016 and will be back there to present hands-on classes at La Meridiana and Lehmhuus AG, Aech, Switzerland in April 2018
Trimming right side up is one of the success ideas with porcelain. Some years back I presented workshops in Moose Jaw, Canada. These are short snippets of the class with enough tips to get you started with your own right side up trimming.
To wedge pottery clay is almost out of fashion in The USA. Many potters have pug mills and replaced that with wedging. Porcelain clay needs stainless steel pug mills, of which the Venco pug mill is one, but there is not a pug mill that can replace the job of wedging clay and I explain the bulls head technique in this video.
Buying pottery wheel bat systems are expensive, but you can do it yourself (DIY) in your studio.
Mima Boskov from South Africa helped us to improve the system! Read more here.
What happens when you use too much water when throwing a porcelain bowl on the wheel?
Porcelain has a particle structure 10 x larger than that of other clay bodies, making it very thirsty to water and making many potters believe that it must be thrown fast to prevent collapse. The opposite is true. Throw slow, methodically and lean into the "Diva". She will help you to help her.
Success with porcelain is an Understanding that the clay must be treated on its own merits.
Antoinette shows how too much water affect the "Diva" of clay (porcelain) and how to recover when you get a booboo with your throwing skills.
Antoinette explains how to do coiling with porcelain and teaches potters in her detailed videos which pottery tools to use for trimming porcelain handmade sculptures. TeachinArt is an online art school where students can learn pottery and other artistic skills and explore different techniques from professional artists and teachers.