technical tuesday: Plainsman Wax Emulsion

Last week at NCECA I had the absolute thrill of being one of Amaco Brent‘s demonstrating artists at their booth in the NCECA expo. While there I demonstrated how I use their underglazes for both my functional and sculptural lines of work. One thing that I found myself repeating over and over again was the name of the wax emulsion I use so I thought I’d share it here today. I carve those little black lines in my functional work through a thin coat of Plainmans Clay LTD.’s Wax emulsion R. I don’t water it down. I don’t let it sit for more then 24 hrs to dry. It works great for this process for me because it doesn’t gum up or stay tacky like a latex or rubber based wax would – thus allowing me to draw very tiny details and thin lines. I’m not sure if there is an American exquivalent, or international one for other countries. But this one is available through Plainsman Clay.  Their webiste lists all of thier distributors in Canada and the USA. Or give them a call to place an order.

technical tuesday/movie day: forgive me my head is not in the game this week.

So i missed technical tuesday, which can happen…but now i’ve almost missed movie day as well. It’s been one of those weeks where motivation is lacking, brain is elsewhere and things are pilling up on my desk/workbench. So here you go a technical video i shot in the studio earlier today showing my process of painting in the underglaze for my drawings. On bone dry greenware i sketch in pencil, then cover with a thin layer of wax emulsion (no latex), then i carve the lines through the wax with a sewing needle. Paint on the black underglaze, wipe back and voila – ready for the bisque!

Process. Adding black underglaze (@amacobrent) to the carved lines. #canadianceramics #pottery #ceramics

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The Surface Show: 2 Day Surface Intensive Hands-On Workshop with Meredith Host & Chandra DeBuse

This 2 day workshop explores surface
decorating processes at the leatherhard stage. Students learn how to
build layers of visual and tactile information intergrating pattern,
color, texture and image. Pre-bisque we experiment with underglaze
surface design techniques. We will explore screenprinting with
thermo-fax and EZ screens, paper stenciling, freehand drawing with
inlay/mishima, sgraffito, brushwork, stamping, texture, and tissue
transfers. We will combine surface techniques through the use of wax
resist and commerical underglaze. Expand your visual vocabulary and
learn how to create dynamic , complex surfaces. Although we will use
cone 6 porcelain fired in oxidaion, these methods, techniques and
information are applicable to all types of clays and firings.

This workshop is suitable for all levels, but some experience with clay will be helpful.
the hands on portion, everyone needs to bring leatherhard pieces/tiles
(4-6 pieces – recommended tile size is 6″ x 6″). Any type of piece will
work, but a flat surface such as a tile or a plate can be easier/less
frustrating to work with at first. White clay bodies are recommended.


Mon., 26 Sep. 2016 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Tue., 27 Sep. 2016 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Price: $170.00
Member Price: $150.00

Full details:

Johns Creek Arts Center
6290 Abbotts Bridge Road
Building 700
Johns Creek, GA

emerging artist: Molly Bernstein


Bernstein is the maker behind Madcap Studio, who currently resides
between West Cape May, NJ & Philadelphia, PA with her cat, Pinot.
She attended The University of the Arts and studied ceramics in
Philadelphia, PA.

Her latest body of work
embraces the mishima technique she studied in Tokoname, Japan. Her
drawings employ naive, child-like, line work influenced by suburbia, the
home, and theories on non-linear time.