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How to Make a Prototype for a Decorative Sprig Mold

Posted On February 13, 2015 0 Comments

Most people think of sprig molds as press-molded decorative elements that are affixed to work, but Blair Clemo uses sprigs as part of his construction process. Blair started off working this way by experimenting with sprig molds he made from found objects. Then he decided to make his own custom sprigs.

 

In this clip from his new video Simply Ornate: Handbuilding and Wheel Throwing with Press Molds, Blair shares how he makes these fairly complex-looking sprigs with a process that is actually quite simple. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

 

PS. To see how Blair uses these strip sprig molds, check out this video!

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How to Make a Jar With Press-Molded Decorative Strips and Wheel Thrown Parts

Posted On January 30, 2015 8 Comments

A. Blair Clemo has some of the most interesting pottery making techniques I have seen. His process involves press molds, coil building, wheel throwing, sprig molds and more. Though it looks fairly complex, it’s really not when you break it down.

In today’s clip, an excerpt from his brand-spanking-new video Simply Ornate: Handbuilding and Wheel Throwing with Press Molds, Blair shows one of the ways he combines wheel thrown parts with custom press-molded decorative strips to make a sweet jar. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Simply Ornate: Handbuilding & Wheel Throwing with Press Molds

Posted On January 29, 2015 Comments Off
    In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video series, A. Blair Clemo shares his unconventional pottery making techniques, which combine handbuilding, press molding, and wheel throwing. The building blocks of Blair’s work are two different types of plaster press molds: first a decorative mold that yields an ornamental patty or strip… Read More »
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Decoration as Structure: Integrating Ornamentation into Form

Posted On January 13, 2014 7 Comments

When I first saw Blair Clemo’s work, I figured the ornate surfaces were developed with sprigs that were attached after the pieces were thrown. In fact, the ornamental elements are a part of the structure of the pieces. In today’s post, Blair explains how he handbuilds with decorative sprigs and forming molds, and then finishes them off on the wheel. Ps. Next week, Blair is coming to town to film a how-to video of this interesting process!- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.