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How to Improve the Strength of Coil-Built Forms Using an Ancient Technique

Posted On May 18, 2012 6 Comments

In this clip, Joyce Michaud demonstrates the traditional east Asian coil technique, which combines coiling with potter’s wheel concepts. Joyce shows us how to “hand throw” with the grace and fliudity of someone who has been doing this for a long time. During this demonstration, she explains how this method can make work more structurally sound because it compresses and aligns the clay particles with the form, which can then open the doors for trying new and more-challenging forms. Along the way, she passes on great tips such as a cool way to establish a concave foot on a coil-built piece.

Hand Thrown: East Asian Wedged Coil Techniqueby Joyce Michaud DVD Cover

Hand Thrown: East Asian Wedged Coil Technique

Posted On December 30, 2011 Comments Off

The purpose of the video is to assist in the mastery and

application of coiling skills, and to provide another possibility for

our creative endeavors. The video provides basic and advanced

information to build and maintain the structural strength of the form at

all stages of creation — preparation of clay, coil making, building,

finishing and firing.

Joyce Michaud builds an appendage off of a coil-built form.

Handbuilding Video: How to Make Strong Appendages on Coil Built Forms

Posted On June 4, 2010 20 Comments

A few weeks ago, I posted a clip from Joyce Michaud’s new DVD Hand Thrown: East Asian Wedged Coil Technique. In the clip, Joyce gave a great introduction to this technique, which combines coiling with potter’s wheel concepts. This combination makes for coil-built pieces that are very strong structurally. Today I decided to share with you another tasty morsel from the DVD. Joyce takes the instruction further by explaining how these same principles can be used to make very strong appendages on pieces.