One of the easiest forms of ceramics to create is a bowl. It takes an experienced artist only a few minutes to make the basic shape out of clay on a pottery wheel. The size and shape of the bowl may vary, but a basic bowl is round and can...

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Throwing clay pots on a wheel is where many pottery and ceramic artists began learning their art. Making cookie jars and clay canister sets was an easy way to learn how to make different sizes of pots with the same form. It was an exercise that many learned. Decorating these...

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Cookie jars and canister sets made using slip glazes tend to be monochrome in color. Neutral tones for walls, floors and cabinets are now used when decorating modern kitchens. Color in the kitchen is expected to come from items on the shelves and counters. The older, rustic look of pottery...

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Creating a design in art can be accomplished by using a single pattern throughout an entire piece. Complex patterns that are repeated over and over have a pleasing effect on the eye. Nature uses repeated patterns in many ways. The leaves on trees and bushes are repeated patterns and their natural beauty is often admired. The same can be said for a group of daisies, roses or violets. All are made nearly identical. They are a pattern that continues to repeat. Snowflakes are another naturally repeating pattern. It is no wonder that artists have studied this phenomenon and use it to decorate their work. This is especially true in pottery and ceramics