Pottery Pouring Technique

This months project comes from Calder Ceramics and is an adapted potter’s take on doing the “fluid acrylic pour” … but we are going to use this technique on clay, with stains (or underglaze colors) and slip!

Notes From Tammy Jo:  I see this project as something that can be applied to whatever form you are currently working on in your studios. I’ve included the acrylic pour video (as an alternative option) for those using air dry clay and possibly inspire others in the possibilities not yet explored by this single video! (Example: Since I don’t have any stains in the studio, I’ve decided to alter the directions and try using underglazes to color the slip and some varnish to create resist designs.

*What You’ll Need: 

  • Mixing Cups (1 cup for each desired color)
  • Slip or dry clay to make slip
  • 1 Pouring Cup
  • Colored Mason Stains or Underglaze colors.
  • Clear Glaze
*Download the PDF of this projectSlip Pouring Technique

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10 thoughts on “Pottery Pouring Technique

  1. Hi Tammy I was wondering if maybe u could do a subscription monthly box for pottery pro like maybe slab products u know like with all the material we would need to conpleate along with instructions

    1. Hi Angela! I don’t have any stains either, so I’m mixing underglazes with my white stoneware slip. I saw in the Hobby Potter Life Facebook Group that someone did this using Mayco Stroke and Coat glazes (not using slip and poured over a bisqued piece instead of greenware)…they did look glossy and beautiful.

  2. I wonder if the slip has to be deflocculated. If the slip is put over greenware it may be to wet for the piece. I’m still on vacation so I can’t try it until I get home in a few weeks. Has anyone had problems with the slip being too wet for the greenware? Thanks. Susan

    1. I haven’t heard from anyone about the slip (except Sylvie who wasn’t pleased with her results…but it still could turn out cool). I don’t think that over liquidy slip should be a challenge. If it is not sitting directly in the over pour and allowed to drain off, it would dry at whatever rate the greenware is drying. I would think a soft leather hard is the ideal consistency. But this is all theory, I altered it a little and used my liquid underglazes and did the pour over on bisque.

    1. Hi Michele, It will crack and fall off if applied at this stage 😀 I’ve run some tests using paper clay as I heard it is used to repair bisqueware, but it too cracked and fell off. The best bet is leatherhard clay!

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