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Lighting: Vital Aspect In A Potter’s Studio

Posted by on Mar 28, 2019 in Art, Ceramic Artists, Knowledge | Comments Off on Lighting: Vital Aspect In A Potter’s Studio

Lighting: Vital Aspect In A Potter’s Studio

Lighting is one essential element in a potter’s studio. Proper illumination can greatly help improve efficiency and productivity, as well as, the aesthetic quality of the pottery produced. From the assembly and inspection of materials to molding of the ceramic clay and down to the finishing touches, efficient lighting is crucial.

At every step of the pottery-making process, you need adequate and proper lighting to help you closely examine the details of your work. Light is even more important at the final stages of pottery making. It can have a major impact in choosing the final color, revisions in details, and other artistic aspects.

Considering the significance of light in a pottery studio, it is important that you spend time and effort setting it up. Inadequate illumination can have dire consequences in your projects. For example, if you’re working on a highly detailed ceramic project, you might overlook flaws, color mismatch, or the fine quality of your output. This can result in a poorly crafted project.

Aside from its impact in the aesthetic quality, improper light can affect your mood. Working in a dim studio without adequate lighting can make you feel less motivated. Natural light can have a positive impact in your mood. If possible, allow as much sunlight into your room. This should help boost your energy and creativity. Artificial lighting is equally important, particularly at night and when you need focused light.

Take note, however, that every potter has a preferred lighting condition. Some want a studio with dim lighting while others want it bright. Make sure you choose a light source that suits your preferences. This should also prevent eyestrain caused by working in a poorly lit workspace.

Different stages of pottery-making require unique lighting requirements. For instance, during the preparation stage, you can use any of the regular light bulbs available. You just have to make sure that there is adequate lighting for you to see your materials and equipment.  A compact fluorescent lamp (CFL), either daylight or warm light, is perfect at this stage.

However, for the final stages of the process, you should use lights that can be focused onto your working table. These LED light bars reviewed at offer a good alternative. While they are designed for vehicles, they can also be used indoors such as for your studio.

High wattage LED light bars like those at provide sufficient illumination for your desk. Since LED doesn’t heat up, it is the best alternative to halogen and fluorescent lamps that usually get warm on prolonged use. You want a light source that you can put directly over your project, especially when working on fine details. Powerful LED light bar enables you to see even the minor flaws and imperfections in your output. As a result, you can produce aesthetically superior product.

In closing, setting up the perfect lighting for your workspace might seem unimportant. But the truth is that it is a vital aspect that should be on your priority list. Consider looking into your processes and see how lighting affects your work.

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You’d Be Surprised to Know the Many Uses of Ceramics

Posted by on Jan 31, 2019 in Art, Ceramics, Creativity, Featured, Knowledge | Comments Off on You’d Be Surprised to Know the Many Uses of Ceramics

You’d Be Surprised to Know the Many Uses of Ceramics

Since ancient times, ceramic has proved to be a valuable material. Glossy, sturdy and versatile, ceramic continues to be a highly useful material even in modern times. Most of us come in contact with ceramic in our day-to-day life but hardly notice them.

Here we take a look at the well known and the not-so-well-known uses of ceramic.

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Ceramic and wood combos as ideal holiday gifts

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Art | Comments Off on Ceramic and wood combos as ideal holiday gifts

Ceramic and wood combos as ideal holiday giftsEven ceramicists, commercial or expressionistic, and good old-fashioned cabinet makes need a break. At around this time or in a matter of days for others who can’t seem to stop doing what they love, most artists will be downing their tools for a good cause. The celebration of Christmas is probably more traditional than religious for most secular Britons today. Also, British urban society, particularly in and around London, is through heritage and history more multicultural than most urban centers and cities from around the world. Invariably, non-Christians also willingly join in the festivities and cheer.

A reflection of culture

The UK’s diverse cultures are generally reflected in the woodcrafts and ceramic works of art produced by both amateur and professional artists. That being said, these same artists are willingly taking their holiday break, not just to rest and spend time with family and friends, but also because they have met their targets in supplying the general public with more than enough inspirational ideas in that other challenging art of giving. The artists are also able to observe the festivities up close, and the moment they return to their studios, they will have already begun chiseling and molding while their new set of inspirational ideas are still fresh in their minds.

Because time was always a factor, wood sculptors have been able to successfully adapt to the turning mechanisms of the sculpting wood lathe which was manufactured with art and creativity in mind. Never sacrificing their integrity as artists, they nevertheless managed to mass-produce for the holiday shoppers, perhaps making it more difficult to make discerning and considerate choices when it comes to buying gifts for loved ones.

Popular choices

The same criteria have applied to the British ceramicists for centuries now. Today, no-one needs to be reminded of the legacies and traditions of ceramic art left by the master craftsmen of old. Today, remnants of British culture and history can still be seen in modernistic and sustainable constructions, from marbled halls of state of the art apartment complexes to the high-rise office blocks. On more intricate levels, this is seen in the way something as small as a bathroom tap has been finely crafted and coated.

At this time of the year when folks finally go out to do their Christmas shopping, they are spoilt for choice, and no matter what they have in mind to buy, the influence and impression left by ceramicists and woodcrafters is seen in pretty much everything on the shelves before the shoppers’ eyes. Something as humble as a wooden salad bowl with accompanying spoon and fork for tossing leaves is always a popular choice for those who have practicality and usefulness in mind. For those who only have love in their hearts, ceramic vases of all shapes and sizes are also popular.

They say Christmas is a time for giving. Ceramicists and their fellow-artists can put their feet up for now because they have given more than enough this time around.

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Going back to our roots to create great works of art

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Art | Comments Off on Going back to our roots to create great works of art

Going back to our roots to create great works of art is actually an essential tool of trade for artists in general and no less so for ceramicists. Being in touch of who you are as an artist and culturally tuned in human being is a continuous source of inspiration and new modeling ideas. As creative people say; the well never runs dry.

And when the urn is dry on a given day, it may well be time for the ceramic artist to begin worrying. Has he lost his creative spark? And does he need a new lease of life to reignite the old flame?

The well never runs dry

This dilemma is an occupational hazard that does at some stage or another in the artists’ lives affect any one of them. But, this does not happen often. Ceramicists, in particular, know what needs to be done next. By nature, they are also entrepreneurs, so standing still for long periods of time is not part of their job description. Arbalist Zone is just one of the many other places that artists like ceramicists find themselves at. In the case of this website, it turns out that the practice of using crossbows is very much part of their cultural landscape.

In fact, we can go as far as to say that it is an important part of their cultural heritage. We have mentioned this before; standing about in wonderment is also not part of the ceramic artist’s workmanlike scheme of doing things. Rather than admiring the ancient hunting tools that their forefathers once used, you can expect them to actually try using the instruments as well. As artists, it’s essential to truly immerse themselves in what they are observing, touching and, in this case, using.

Legends as a source of inspiration

To explain the artist’s involvement, say, getting to the root of whom they are and where they’ve come from, we can also take a different path and describe the process another way. Let’s also use the example of an avid writer, worth the words he puts to paper.

Like ceramic artists, research and story development is an important process for the astute writer. Like ceramicists, the writer will be poring over volumes of other written works as part of his extensive research. And like these pottery experts, you can also expect the writer to actually involve himself in some role-playing to help him get to know his fictional characters.

Finally, we can also make a direct correlation with UK writers and their pottery peers. Their countryside is a rich reservoir of cultural inspiration and fresh ideas.

Let’s close this post inspirationally then. These writers and ceramicists will have thought about this along the way; think about legends such as King Arthur and Robin Hood. And think about how many stories have been written and pots have been crafted bearing the mark of these legends.

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Never limit your artistic and creative range

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in Creativity | Comments Off on Never limit your artistic and creative range

The best most experienced and creative ceramicists will tell all new potters and molders not to limit their artistic and creative range. The same principle applies to the practice of writing, painting and playing musical instruments such as pianos, classical guitars or wooden violins. The most creative online article writers will be applying their mind to generating new short stories or working on poetry. Painters experiment with as broad a range of colors and brush techniques as possible in order to find a new outlet from their tried and tested commercial niche. To lighten their moods, classical pianists can play jazz or pop tunes as well.

Varying the scenes and settings

Commercial ceramicists will continue to build a variety of structures that enjoy appeal with their regular clientele. The most reputable ceramicists are always pushing new limits by working with new materials, varying the size of their models and testing different drying techniques, processes and times. These examples demonstrate just how important it is for artists in general to continue varying their repertoire in order to keep their creative minds fresh and stimulated.

This approach invariably sparks new ideas worth exploring. And while working in their studios or studies, artists also make a concerted effort to broaden their creative work-shopping exercises outside of the studio. For instance, potters may derive most of their inspiration from their own gardens, provided that they are extensive and rich in its variety of plant species. Those who do not have the benefit of such diversity will move further from their domestic environment until the right inspiration is felt. Some artists on the other hand, writers in particular, correctly argue that routine is the best medicine for them.

The importance of using all the senses

Routine in general has been found to be beneficial psychologically, but the creative minds of artists are usually restless and never entirely satisfied with familiar surroundings. Ceramicists, sculptors and painters continue to cross-pollinate their work in order to maintain the highest artistic standards possible. For instance, before beginning the molding and kilning process, the potter will have made up a series of sketches. Painters, on the other hand, push their skills of observance to the limit by using all of their physical senses. The same goes for creative writers.

Musicians are primarily motivated by sound but will always make use of literature to source new lyrical and song-writing ideas. From an early age, children are taught to make extensive use of all their senses. Coincidently, they are given bowls or boards of clay to experiment or play with from their earliest school grades. Parents who have the best intentions in regard to their children’s development often do not wait for them to receive their next lesson and introduce them to new outlets of artistic expression such as the instruments listed on this website.

So, whether you are young or old, experienced and gifted, or just starting out as a potter, do not ever limit your artistic and creative range to what you are comfortable and familiar with. Always push new boundaries.

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