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Salt and Pepper Shakers

How to Make a Stopperless Salt and Pepper Shaker on the Pottery Wheel

Posted On January 30, 2013 12 Comments

Most ceramic salt and pepper shakers require a stopper of some sort – usually cork. But there is a way to make them without stoppers. Just throw a double walled vessel, but instead of joining the inner and outer walls, form a funnel with the inner wall. In today’s post, potter Keith Phillips explains in detail the ins and outs of stopperless salt and pepper shakers. 

Wheel Throwing Video: Buttered Up – How to Make a Wheel Thrown and Altered Butter Dish on the Pottery Wheel

Posted On March 19, 2010 37 Comments

In this video clip, Keith Phillips shows us how to make a thrown and altered classic American butter dish. It’s a fun project involving both thrown and handbuilt components. As Keith explains, butter sizes vary depending on your location, but his idea can be adapted to whatever size you need. Watch the video!

The Pancaker

Posted On June 19, 2009 0 Comments

Keith Phillips explains how to make an updated version of a classic 1950’s kitchen gadget.

Wheel Throwing Video: Hip to be Square – Making Squared-Off Mugs on the Potter’s Wheel

Posted On August 22, 2008 1 Comment

Today’s video comes to us from potter Keith Phillips of Asheville, North Carolina. Keith takes us through his process of making squared-off mugs, starting on the pottery wheel with a bottomless cylinder and continuing through to the finishing stages, which incorporate some handbuilding techniques.

Since there is no narration on this video (just snappy tunes!), Keith has shared some additional thoughts and instruction on this process below. With the visual of the video and the written how-to instruction, you should be all set to try this technique in your own studios! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.