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Pottery Video of the Week: Inlaying Colored Clay Decoration into Handbuilt Vessels

Posted On September 20, 2013 6 Comments

Wheel throwing isn’t the only way to make seemless cylindrical forms on the wheel. Mitch Lyons uses a technique he calls the broomstick method. What’s great about this method is that you can roll your cylinders over pieces of colored clay to inlay various designs. In today’s video clip, Lyons demonstrates how he inlays figurative colored clay motifs into his broomstick vases. I have also included a step-by-step recap of the technique below.

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The Broomstick Method: Making Cylindrical Pottery Without a Pottery Wheel

Posted On February 15, 2013 5 Comments

In this video, Mitch Lyons demonstrates making a cylindrical form using a series of dowel rods in graduated sizes to hollow out the center. It is a great technique for handbuilding cylinders because you can really do a lot with surface texture. 

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Ceramics Decorating Video: Decorating Pottery with Colored Slips

Posted On July 13, 2012 20 Comments

Mitch Lyons returns today with an excerpt from his full-length DVD Handbuilding with Mitch Lyons. In it, he shares some great ideas for decorating pottery with colored slips.

Handbuilding with Mitch Lyons

Posted On May 25, 2011 Comments Off

If you’re looking for a few great, creative techniques offering loads of potential, look no further. Mitch Lyons, a skilled potter for more than 40 years, presents an expertly produced two-part program where he shares some of his unique handbuilding and decorating techniques.

In today's video, Mitch Lyons demonstrates how to make a chalice out of a cylinder he makes through the broomstock method.

How to Make a Chalice With Inlaid Decoration Using the Broomstick Method of Handbuilding

Posted On October 8, 2010 28 Comments

There are many ways to make goblets or chalices out of clay, but I especially loved the simplicity of a method that Mitch Lyons demonstrated at a recent Potters Council conference. I liked it so much that I got it on film and I am going to share it with you today! Mitch also demonstrates his method of inlaying colored clay decoration in the video.