Pottery Decoration

How Blog Members Delivered Beautiful Ceramic Plant Pots

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in Pottery Decoration | Comments Off on How Blog Members Delivered Beautiful Ceramic Plant Pots

How Blog Members Delivered Beautiful Ceramic Plant Pots

As you know, this blog is dedicated to all things ceramics and in this blog post I want to talk about how excited I was to receive about three boxes of ceramic plant pots from my favorite retailer, Plantozoid through their blog members. It didn’t take long for the plant pots to be delivered and once I received them, I got right to planting my vegetable and herb seeds with my teenage daughter’s help. The ceramic plant pots came in a variety of patterns ranging from floral to animal print, and I ordered ceramic plant pots of different sizes since I wanted to plant tall and short plants in my hard along with small herb plants in the kitchen.

We First Started With The Tomatoes

The first thing we planted using the new ceramic plant pots were our Roma tomatoes. We fertilized and watered the tomatoes over a period of weeks and then we transferred the plant from the pots to the ground. A few weeks later, I went out in the yard to check on the Roma tomatoes and I saw the abundant harvest of them on the vines. My teenage daughter took plenty of photos of the newly planted tomatoes. We collected the tomatoes and spent the rest of the day making tomato preserves and canning them.

Moving On To The Green Onions

We then got a few of the beautiful ceramic pots that were delivered by the blog members and my teenage daughter is crazy about green onions since she started learning to cook entire meals by herself. She painted the outside of the plant pots in geometric shapes then we patted down the soil and added some water and fertilizer before adding in the green onion seeds. Within months we harvested about four bags of green onions to last us through part of next year.

Ceramic Plant Pots Are Not Just For Gardening

Flower Pot

These plant pots are also great for other purposes besides gardening. Since it was close to Easter, my teenage daughter and I laid some artificial grass in the bottoms of the plant pots and then we laid down pieces of dyed cloths before adding some packaged candies. Another thing we did was use the pots as storage for our garden supplies and it made for a less cluttered yard.

Check this video for some tips on how to make a ceramic flower pot. This is the same technique as we used.

Conclusion

Ceramic plant pots are sturdy, durable and can be used to plant just about anything. I use them for outdoor and indoor planting and these plants inspired my daughter to do more gardening of her own during the summer. The pots can be painted or marked on for decorative purposes and they are of high quality. With these pots we can also create crafts and I even gave a few extra plant pots away to neighbors who were planting for the first time. The ceramic pot plants are affordable and I buy them in bulk a few times a year. Finally, I enjoy them a lot and it makes my gardening more efficient.

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Decoupage On Pottery Items

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015 in Ceramics, Pottery Decoration | Comments Off on Decoupage On Pottery Items

The most beautiful thing about self-made ceramics is the ability to create usable, useful and unique work from beginning to end. Whether you’re making a plate, vase, candlestick or anything else, they are completely your work from start to finish. Some ceramic objects do not need additional embellishment. For example, a vase of an unusual shape. However, some simple shapes and objects made of ceramics require little embellishment. One of the easiest ways to decorate your masterpiece made of ceramics is the use of decoupage techniques.

Decoupage is an old technique of decorating hard surfaces that give you endless possibilities. You can use it on any solid surface – from ceramic objects to the wood. It implies the coating with paper pictures or napkins. Before you start to decorate your pottery, it is best to study it. Observe the edges, assess absorption and roughness. Prepare it with sanding and paint in appropriate color. Only then you are switching to decoration.

For decorating with decoupage techniques you need the following:

  • The thing that you want to decorate. This can be a ceramic object that you have created, or even ceramic tiles in your bathroom. Simple monochrome ceramic tile or a board with regular or irregular edges can become an interesting wall painting. You just have to decorate it, make a simple frame that will not distract the attention from your masterpiece and hang it on the wall.
  • Tools. It is impossible to do anything with bare hands. You need a tool for decoupage. In this case, these are various brushes, sponges for application of glue and collecting of excess glue, scissors and scalpels for cutting, a small roller with which you will flatten a surface that you decorate. To make objects that will decorate, you will need other tools. Let’s say, for making the frame in which you will put your picture made on the ceramic tile, the practical framing nailer can be of great use. It can significantly save you time and effort.
  • Motives that you will use for decoration. You can cut them from newspapers or paper napkins, or use the images that you find on the Internet and print on paper.
  • Glue and varnish. To put a paper to ceramics, you must first apply a glue. Today, you can find a special glue that is used for this purpose. When you’re all done, you need to apply the layer of varnish. The varnish will give a shine to your work, but also to protect from scratches the image that you’ve put on it.

There is not a thing that you cannot embellish in this way. And best of all, it is almost impossible to make two identical things, especially if you’re creating your own pottery. Human hands always make mistakes. However, these mistakes are not flaws, but the seal of uniqueness. Decoupage is an easy, inexpensive and very effective way to show your imagination and creativity and to make ordinary things in a real pottery masterpiece.

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Sanding Ceramics

Posted by on Sep 7, 2015 in Ceramics, Pottery Decoration | Comments Off on Sanding Ceramics

Sanding Ceramics

Ceramics are useful for a number of different applications. However, they are also some of the most fragile materials people could possibly work with. A little shake, a little blunt force, and bam, your ceramic object, whatever it may be, has a crack. Or maybe it’s shattered entirely if the disturbance was bad enough. Doing fine work with ceramics can be very frustrating because of this; a little slip, a little too much pressure applied, and you could end up with broken, wasted materials. Fortunately it’s easy enough to sand rough edges on ceramic sections without the fear of breaking your ceramics.

When sanding ceramics, you basically have two choices, just like when sanding any other materials. You can either do the job by hand using manual tools, or you can use a powered tool to do the work for you. While you get a greater deal of control and precision with manual sanding in general, powered sanding is faster by far and provides a more uniform level of sanding than you would get doing the same job by hand, at least in most cases. The choice tends to come down to whether the material being worked will benefit more from one method of sanding or the other.

As long as you brace ceramics well using a clamp of some sort and don’t allow the material to rattle or move much while being worked, it can usually be treated with power tools. A good belt sander will allow you a decent amount of control over the sanding operation while giving you the freedom to work your ceramic sample from multiple angles all at once. It’s quite convenient, and you can see plenty of examples at http://beltsanderworld.com/ if you’re thinking of going the automatic route. If you’d rather save the electricity or just want more control over the end product, you might opt to go manual.

Sanding blocks are pretty cheap and come in a variety of materials,  but rubber is a solid choice. Each end will have a flap, sort of like a mouth full of teeth. You feed one end of the sandpaper being used into each side and end up with a nice, hand-held tool with a sanding surface you can scrape against whatever you want. Switching the paper out for coarser or finer grades takes seconds and you don’t need to worry about getting any hair or clothing caught in moving parts. This option is definitely safer and so preferable for amateurs without much experience using tools.

The main thing is to come at your ceramic surfaces from a parallel angle. You don’t want to sand jagged edges into the sides of whatever you’re finishing up, so you want nice, even surfaces that you can only get in this way. If your material does chip, consider buffing it out or giving the entire surface another go to file it down beyond the point of the defect. This could save the whole piece from a minor defect which could otherwise end up destroying it, and it wouldn’t even take much time to apply the fix.

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Methods Of Shaping In Ceramics

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Pottery Decoration | Comments Off on Methods Of Shaping In Ceramics

Methods Of Shaping In Ceramics

The art of ceramics has developed over the years into something widespread and attractive in terms of its creations. There are a number of methods that have been developed over the years and one no longer has to solely rely on the more traditional methods of manually pressing and shaping something into existence. Some of the old methods that were in prior use did not allow for the capability of producing the kind of art works that is seen in various art exhibitions and showcases around the globe.

For those who are thinking about delving into ceramics as a hobby, it is wise to first consider the different methods there are of creating this type of art. Once one has all the information that they need, they are able to choose the method that best suits them according to their particular conditions.

The method of shaping ceramics chosen by an individual can depend on a number of factors that have an external effect on their decision as well as personal taste which deals to what type of art speaks most to the individual in question.

Some of the external factors that can affect a person’s final decision on the method of shaping that they choose to utilize in their ceramics can include issues such as the particular finances of an individual and how much they are willing to spend on their new found love of ceramics, the kind of art that he wants to create which has to do with issues such as the size of the final product and the personal taste of that particular individual.

It should be noted that some clay and chemicals used in the production of ceramics can be harmful to the skin after long term exposure, so in order to avoid the need for the frequent use of a microdermabrasion machine like the ones from CamilasBeauty, it is best to ensure that one has protective gear on when they are going through the process.

Some of the methods of ceramic shaping that one can choose to employ include:

  • The potter’s wheel – This is one of the most common and not to mention one of the oldest methods of shaping ceramics. The potter’s wheel is a device used by the artist to shape the clay in what they want through a circulatory motion combined with variants of pressing and moulding. This process is known as throwing and the ball of clay is initially placed at the center of the turntable which rotates mechanically via an electronic motor that is attached to the device. The speed of the wheel head can be changed manually by the artiste via a stick or foot pedal.
  • Granulate Processing – This is a more industrial method and is mostly used by individual’s seeking to produce products for commercial use. The shaping process is achieved through the pressing of clay in its granulated form into a mould. Water delivered at a high pressure helps in this process allowing the clay to fit easily into the mould. Once this is done the mould is left to dry and take shape.
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Decorating and Glazing in Pottery

Posted by on Jun 14, 2014 in Featured, Pottery Decoration | Comments Off on Decorating and Glazing in Pottery

Decorating and Glazing in Pottery

One way of decorating your pottery pieces is by a method known as Glazing. Glaze is a layer of glass like substance that has been fused to a ceramic piece. Glaze adds color; decoration to a ceramic piece and it also strengthens and waterproofs items. Glazing is a useful method to use on earthenware pieces, as they are unsuitable for holding liquids due to their porosity.  Glazing is used on stoneware and porcelain pieces as well.

Glaze on pottery pieces can have a variety of finishes, of gloss, matte and color. There are many ways to glaze your pieces. Most commonly pieces are dipped directly into the glaze, or you can dry dust the mixture over the clay, you can also pour the glaze over your piece or you can also spray it on with an airbrush.

Another method of glazing is Salt Glaze Pottery. In Salt Glaze Pottery, salt or soda is inserted in the kiln at high temperatures, which creates a sodium vapor that reacts with the aluminum sicilia oxides in the piece of clay, which forms and deposits the glass.

If you have decorated your pieces of pottery and then apply a glaze over the top then the decorations are known as under glaze.  If you decorate on the top of your glaze this is known as over glaze.

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The Process of Making Ceramic Shoes

Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 in Daily Activities, Pottery Decoration | Comments Off on The Process of Making Ceramic Shoes

The Process of Making Ceramic Shoes

Browsing through antique collector’s items always makes me nostalgic. The intricate designs and clever workmanship of the items leaves me stunned, especially, when I see the ceramic items. Ceramic is one of the most earliest forms used by humans and it still holds its allure in this technologically driven world.

I came upon a ceramic shoe in the shop and it caught my attention. The shoe looked real and very appealing. The out of box thinking in the creation had me wondering about the making. This spurred me on to know more about how these shoes are made. And I even tried them myself. I used Athletic Crossfit shoes as model for the ceramic shoes.

To start with, you need to create paper templates of all the parts of the shoe like the tongue, heel, sides, toe, sole etc. This will help in creating an exact replica of the shoe you use as model.

The creative process

You need to have the necessary tools ready at hand, before you start on the ceramic work. Scissors, rolling pin, slab roller, wooden tools, a clay cutting knife, sponge, pin tool, flexible rib and a miter tool or one with 45 degree bevel are needed.

•             Now start with a ball of clay. The clay needs to be rolled into a consistently thick slab using the roller.

•             Using the templates you have made, cut the shapes in the slab and store them in plastic wraps.

•             When the cut pieces of clay are stiff, but flexible enough to mold or in other words leather hard, you can start making the form of the shoe.

•             A process called score and slip is used. The areas that are to be fused should be scratched and with a bit of slip, which is actually clay of watery consistency, glued together so the individual parts are held tight.

•             The seams should be smoothed to get a good finish. Adding details when the clay is soft will give the shoe a more authentic and beautiful look.

Firing the shoe

Once the shoe is created with all find details included in it, it should be allowed to dry in a covered plastic bag with a small hole for air to circulate and dry it. This takes several days and when the shoe is fully dry (it is called Bone dry) it is bisque fired to get the water out completely and also to give it a solid shape.

When the shoe makes it out of the firing step intact without any blow-up, crack or breaks, you can add the regular or underglaze to give the required color. Once this is done the shoe is returned to the kiln to go through a second firing step, which is called glaze firing. Now it gets the final glossy and shiny look.

If you are wondering about the uses of the shoe, it can be used as planter, container, for holding a wine bottle, with a lamp as lighter or even as just a decorative piece in your living room shelf.

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