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How to Throw a Plate With Some Moves

Posted On April 9, 2014 11 Comments

Wheel throwing plates can be one of the more challenging pottery techniques. It’s contrary to what you might think since they’re flat after all, but trying to center a large, wide mound of clay can be a bear. In today’s video, an excerpt from his new DVD Precise Imprecision: Strengthening Throwing Skills to Create Dynamic Functional Pottery, Mike Jabbur gives one of the best plate throwing demonstrations I have seen. In addition to clearly explaining all the tricks to making a traditional round plate form, Mike adds his own touch at the end, altering the plate to create some nice movement. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Super Smart Trimming Chuck

Posted On January 24, 2014 6 Comments

I typically think of trimming chucks as nuclear-cooling-tank-shaped cylinders that vases or teapots are put into for trimming. But Mike Jabbur’s chucks are a bit different. Mike makes tall, narrow chucks that actually fit inside the pots that are being trimmed, thus protecting the active walls of his vessels. Have a look at this excerpt from our compilation DVD Getting Creative with Spouts and Handles, which is on sale this weekend, to see how these smart chucks work.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Paying Attention to Details to Make a Comfortable Functional Handle

Posted On June 21, 2013 8 Comments

The handle on my Mike Jabbur coffee mug is one of my absolute favorites in my collection. The ear-shaped curve at the top of the handle is just perfect for my fingers to comfortably nestle into, and is now a shape I seek out in a handle…and something I have been incorporating into my own work. It’s these details that make all of the difference. In today’s clip, an excerpt from his new DVD Precise Imprecision: Strengthening Throwing Skills to Create Dynamic Functional Pottery, Mike demonstrates his handle making process and discusses the details he considers to make them function well.

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Precise Imprecision:
Strengthening Throwing Skills to Create Dynamic Functional Pottery

Posted On June 21, 2013 Comments Off
    Stretch the limitsMike Jabbur shares his process for stretching the limits of porcelain to create beautiful undulating pots in his all-new full-length video. Discover the details behind creating undulating loose forms that take on a life of their own. With ordinary throwing skills, Mike demonstrates how to create gravity-defying pots while sharing tips… Read More »
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How to Handbuild a Graceful Over-the-Top Teapot Handle That Looks Pulled

Posted On April 12, 2013 3 Comments

Today, we are introducing a new DVD that is a little different from our usual DVDs. This one, Getting Creative with Spouts & Handles, features four terrific artists demonstrating four complete projects that focus on spouted forms and handles. When we got questions about whether or not our Signature Series downloadable videos were available on disc, we thought, why not make compilation discs with several artists tackling a specific form or theme. So here they are (and the individual downloads are still available too!). In this excerpt, I am showing you an excerpt from Mike Jabbur’s teapot video. In this clip Mike shows his great technique for handbuilding graceful over-the-top handles that look like they’re pulled. PS. Though these projects put an emphasis on spouted forms and handles, they take you in depth through building the whole pot from the ground up, so there’s lots of extra information to boot!

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Mike Jabbur — Cantilevered Teapot

Posted On April 10, 2012 Comments Off

In this video, Mike demonstrates the throwing and complex assembly techniques he uses for one of his signature teapots. Throughout his demonstration, Mike provides details on everything from his signature cantilevered forms to his striking lid handles. His easy-to-follow instructions lead you step-by-step through each element that will provide inspiration for any form you want to try. Run time: 1 hour.

Studio Visit: Mike Jabbur, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Posted On September 15, 2010 1 Comment

When it gets to a point where stress is all I know, I remind myself that I’m trying to bring joy into people’s lives.

Liquor Service, 12 in. (30 cm) in length, porcelain and earthenware, porcelain bisque fired to cone 06 and glaze fired to cone 9/10 in reduction, earthenware single fired to cone 04.

Sip Service: How to Make Sets That Blur the Lines Between Functional Pottery and Ceramic Sculpture

Posted On May 31, 2010 70 Comments

Today, Mike Jabbur shares his process for one of his liquor service sets. Not only does Mike make lovely functional sets, but he also creates display units for them that elevate them to a more sculptural realm.