(in alphabetical order)


Whilst not imediatly visable, within a few days the cracks will appear.  It will be enhanced with the application of a contrasting ink or stain, whiped on and rubbed back.


Japanese Tissue Transfers

Transfers generally fire to a cobalt blue colour, and under coloured transparent glazes they will often appear black/blue black/blue. Some transfers are coloured and generally have the approximate colour as the RAW stage.

Screen Printing

Screen Printing.

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  • Crumple a piece of aluminium foil then flatten it out.  Roll a slab of clay on the foil & peel the foil off to reveal the texture.
  • Crumple a piece of foil into a ball & roll on clay to create a textured effect.
  • When using a slip trailer, bump the end a couple of times to remove air bubbles.
  • Mix illmenite, Mitile or zircon sand in with an engobe & brish on for an interesting textured effect.
  • Tennis ball dipped in colour and rolled around a bowl or plate is a fun way of decorating.
  • To transfer a design onto clay, use felt tipped pen on tissue paper & lay it on the clay, gently rubbing the beck of the design against the clay.
  • Try a small wire brush attachment on the end of an electric drill at slow speed.
  • Try oxides by themselves, or as a mix in a salt + pepper shaker.  Vertical surface glaze must be moist.  Flat surface glaze can be dry.



  • Place a mirror in front of the wheel to assist in viewing the pot & also keep an eye on hand position.
  • Centring clay is some times easier with your eyes closed.
  • Large stiff brush is ideal dor removing scraps of clay from the freshly trimmed ware.
  • Some clays throw better when the slurry of the clay is used as the lubricant rather than water.


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