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Messing With Majolica: An Instructor Shares Tips for Learning and Teaching the Majolica Technique

Posted On April 20, 2015 9 Comments

In today’s post, an excerpt from the May/June issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, Jake Allee shares what he learned when he recently delved into the Majolica technique. I really like the advice he gives on experimenting in your work. This may be just the impetus I needed to start some majolica experiments myself.


Video of the Week: How to Throw and Assemble a Yummy Candy Dish

Posted On December 19, 2014 11 Comments

You can never have enough receptacles for candy in my humble opinion. I really loved Jake Allee’s candy dish project from his new DVD Assembly Required: Building Complex Pottery Forms by Throwing, Altering, and Assembling because it reminded me that I could probably use some more candy dishes in my world. More importantly, because of Jake’s technique of throwing, altering, stretching, and assembling, I started to really think about new ways to make them. Hope it whets your creative appetite too!



Video of the Week: How to Make a Spunky Darted Pitcher with a Slab Spout

Posted On December 27, 2013 8 Comments

In today’s video post, an excerpt from Assembly Required: Building Complex Pottery Forms by Throwing, Altering, and Assembling, Jake Allee shows us how he darts his pitcher forms and adds a spout, along with a little spunk.

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How to Throw a Jar with a Quilted Texture

Posted On December 7, 2012 6 Comments

Today (and this weekend) we are having a sale on one of our popular DVDs: Jake Allee’s Assembly Required: Building Complex Pottery Forms by Throwing, Altering, and Assembling. So to give you a taste of Jake’s processes, I thought I would share this clip from his Hex Jar project. The clip is a good one because not only does Jake explain the cool way he makes his quilted texture, but he also gives an excellent explanation of each step of the throwing process. If you struggle with throwing, this video is for you. 

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Assembly Required

Posted On April 11, 2012 Comments Off on Assembly Required

In this video, Jake Allee demonstrates the various ways he cuts up and alters thrown forms and puts them back together again to make interesting vessels. Throughout the process, Jake explains the design decisions he incorporates to hold the pieces together. In addition, he explains how sketching plays a role in his work, keeping his mind engaged in the creative process.

Messing with Majolica

Posted On May 6, 2011 0 Comments

I’ve recently been experimenting with translating my drawings onto ceramic objects using the majolica technique. The direct nature of applying color through this brush technique has a nice appeal because the fired result looks pretty close to the way it was applied. In an effort to get some of my advanced students to expand their experience with different firing ranges, I’ve been introducing majolica as a way to explore what the character and the color palette this technique has to offer. For the type of imagery I’m trying to achieve, I’ve found that simple, refined forms with smooth surfaces are best, but thinking outside of the box might lead you beyond the conventional interpretation of this technique.

Ceramic Art Lesson Plan: A Three Stage Approach to Teaching Wheelthrowing

Posted On September 9, 2010 9 Comments

A teacher’s resource for teaching throwing; broken down into three steps, readings and visual diagrams, practical demonstration, and hands-on experience.

Ceramic Art Lesson Plan: Kbach Decoration and Design

Posted On April 15, 2010 0 Comments

As any decorative language, Kbach is at its finest when its basic forms are utilized to create unique design solutions as personal expression through the technical approach. Throughout Khmer history these approaches to ornamental design have been passed down orally through generations of artists. Within the Kbach approach, different styles are characterized by divisions that emphasize the subtractive cuts and spaces contained within the basic shape.

Throwing Clay to Achieve Texture and Interest on Assembled Pots

Posted On June 22, 2009 3 Comments

I am happy to announce that Three Great Throwing Techniques: Tips for Throwing Complex Pottery Forms Using Basic Throwing Skills
is now available for download! To give you an idea of the great stuff
featured in this collection, I am posting an excerpt today.