Layered Surfaces with Erin Furimsky – DVD
When you look at pots in magazines, online, or at shows, you know it’s the pieces with interesting layered surfaces that catch your attention. After all the work we do in learning how to form pieces by hand or on the wheel, we often skip spending time on decorating — and that makes all the difference in the world. Using a variety of techniques and materials, Erin demonstrates how you can create visual depth to your surfaces. She works with clay at every stage from leather-hard to glazed using a variety of techniques. After you watch her demonstrate, you’ll be able to take something as simple as a circle and create different surfaces — something crisp, something detailed, something with relief — all used together to create a surface that will turn people’s heads.
Runtime: 2 hours and 45 minutes — 2 discs
Like brocade stretched to cover an overstuffed chair, my pieces reveal a sense of expansion as if one form is gently surrounding another. — Erin Furimsky
This is an excellent demonstration DVD package. Erin Furimsky’s instruction is both clear and inspiring. Erin should be congratulated. Not only is she a terrific teacher, but she is an inspired artist. I am experimenting with several techniques that she demonstrated and her guidance is ‘spot on.’ My personal thanks goes to Erin and the Ceramic Arts Daily production crew. – S.K., Georgia
Breaking it Down
To help illustrate the different layers for each project on the DVD, Erin lays out a set of tiles showing each layering technique on its own, as well as combined with others and glazed. Seeing these examples broken down, as well as in their combined, finished state really helps simplify the processes, demonstrate the depth that layering can create, and encourage the mixing and matching of methods.
Technique, technique, technique
If you’re looking for a DVD filled with decorating techniques, none of them match the 2+ hours of technique demos shown here. Erin covers stencils, mishima, slip trailing, sponge stamps, image transfers, decals, underglazes, stains, blending, scraping, inlay, rubber stamps, sgrafitto, latex, spraying, wax resist, lusters, and more. By understanding and trying so many techniques, your options for decoration expand exponentially.
What makes interesting layers?
A good foundation in art and design will benefit you immensely while you create your art. Grasping basic principles of color theory, composition, understanding space, pattern, and line quality leads to intriguing surface work. Erin guides you to think about the type of mark each technique makes and how to play an array of qualities against one another. By experimenting using sharp tight graphic lines under an underglaze or playing with glaze surfaces from matte to glossy, you’ll discover the potential richness that lies with every surface.
Attend a video workshop in your home
One of the best advantages to Erin’s DVD is that you can watch it over and over again. We were pretty amazed at the amount of information she had to share while we were filming this, and as practicing ceramic artists, we were a little hard pressed to leave anything on the editing room floor. The result is you’ll get a lot of Erin and her techniques — so much so you won’t be able to absorb it all in one sitting. We recommend you watch, repeat and practice a section or sections at a time. There’s so much here, you’ll be thankful you have a PAUSE button on your DVD player.
Erin’s video was really well done. Easy to follow instruction, plus she explains how to avoid mistakes when you try her techniques. I was very inspired and happy with my purchase, – C.G., OH
Loved it….I’ve tried all of Erin’s techniques on the DVD and they really work! This DVD has changed the way I work with clay. – C.C., Saskatoon, SK, Canada
Excellent DVD! “Layered Surfaces” exceeded my expectations in every aspect. This DVD is less expensive than many workshops and I can watch over again. I am delighted with this purchase, and am looking forward to purchasing more DVD’s from Ceramics Arts Daily in the future. – L., Chicago IL