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How to Throw a Large Serving Bowl in a Bisque Mold

Posted On May 1, 2015 6 Comments

I have tried many different approaches to throwing bowls, but until filming Lisa Orr’s video (which makes its debut today!), I had never thought to throw a bowl in a bisque mold. Lisa uses this technique so that she can carve low-relief decoration into the mold, which then shows up on the outside of the bowl she makes. To better explain, here’s today’s clip of Lisa making the mold and then throwing a bowl in it. I can’t wait to play around with this idea. Hope you like it as much as I do! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


Lisa Orr Shares a Really Creative Way to Use Trailing Slip

Posted On November 17, 2014 6 Comments

Slip trailing is a fabulous technique for creating both visual and tactile decoration on pottery and ceramic sculpture. Most of the time, this technique involves trailing a design in slip onto a pot. In addition to slip trailing in the traditional way, Lisa Orr makes sweet little swirly patterns on cloth, lets them stiffen up, and then uses them to make fancy handles for the teeny tiny salt scoopers on her salt centerpieces.


In this excerpt from her new video, Lisa shares this process. I love everything about this technique, including the very idea of having a salt centerpiece as opposed to a salt shaker.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


Making and Decorating for Surface Depth with Lisa Orr

Posted On October 17, 2014 Comments Off on Making and Decorating for Surface Depth with Lisa Orr


In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video series, Lisa Orr divulges the secrets of creating her expressive pots and sumptuous oozy surfaces. Lisa starts out with the building blocks of her forms—handmade sprig molds for embellishing, custom bisque molds for forming, and thick trailed slips as both structural and decorative elements—and then she uses them to construct and decorate four of her signature forms. She tops it all off with her glazing process, detailing how she creates her vibrant, multi-colored surfaces.


A Visit to Lisa Orr’s Austin Texas Pottery Studio

Posted On September 26, 2011 13 Comments

I am a big fan of Ceramics Monthly’s Studio Visit series. Today’s post is the Studio Visit from the October 2011 issue of Ceramics Monthly. Lisa Orr tells us all about her Austin, Texas, studio and the successful business she runs out of it.


Pottery Decorating Video: A Beautiful Tradition – A Demonstration of Time-Honored Pottery Making Techniques

Posted On February 27, 2009 0 Comments

In today’s video, we learn about the traditional pottery making techniques in San Jose de Gracia and Patamban, Mexico.

Pottery of Mexico: Pineapples of Patamban and San José de Gracia

Posted On October 10, 2006 Comments Off on Pottery of Mexico: Pineapples of Patamban and San José de Gracia

In this video, a potter and a filmmaker work together to beautifully document potters in two neighboring villages—Patamban and San José de Gracia. This documentary covers how the potters produce their low-fire
pieces from start to finish.