This technique is often done in hand building since it is a little harder to prevent overworking and too much blending of the colors on the pottery wheel.
When I wrote the notes in the book that I compiled with articles from Ceramics Monthly, a few artists that was included in the book was Naomi Lindenfeld, Cory Brown (who laminated porcelain on stoneware clay) and Chris Campbell, who is mostly a hand builder and instructor in colored clay. My notes was loosely based on my general knowledge of clay compatibility.
Little did I know that it will circle around in my study field a year later.
How I used the awarded fellowship.
- When light and dark clays are mixed, it is very easy for the dark to overpower the lighter color.
- Drying stages will reveal color better than when the clay is still wet.
- It is possible to manipulate pinch pots into twin pots when the original clay ball is divided in 2 exact equal parts.
- It is very easy to overwork the clay and eliminate the color contrasts.
- The deeper scraping, the more color reveal..... or eliminate.
- How can I incorporate color clay into my own work style, without getting to far of from my style.
- How can I keep the message simple, but intricate at the same time.
- How will I develop a distinct color pattern without stepping into the field of potters like Curtis Benzle, Judith de Vries and Maria ten Kortenaar.
TeachinArt Online classes
Colored Clay is his charter class.
All Artists making a living (AAMAL) is a comprehensive study in which Curt goes through the nitty gritty trouble and solutions that artists run into every day. He provides detailed information about art and the law and how to make the law work for you instead of the lawmaker. He address marketing and sales issues in art and how to make it work, even when you are shy to sell your own work or services. Curt goes to the core of what make artists fail or become a success story. Whether you are the most talented or a mediocre artist, without identifying all the ways to "climb the ladder", success will always be one heartbeat away, unless you work to get it.
With his 50 + years of experience in clay and art in general, many many students learned from him.
The images below shows some of the art pieces that Curtis did in a production business.
Begin A Pottery Business
Clay Slabs For Dinnerware
Destruction Of Art Or Creating Art
Kilns Suitable For Porcelain
Mississippi Arts Commission Fellowship Report
Pottery In Pretoria
Salt In The Pitfire
Throwing On The Pottery Wheel.