If you’re looking for a way to build exceptionally strong coil pots that do not crack, the East Asian wedged coil technique is the answer. Joyce Michaud came across this centuries-old technique in Asia where she found many variations from country to country but the basics were all pretty much the same — you can build an exceptionally strong pot when you wedge coils together as you build. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, Joyce Michaud’s thorough measured approach to this time-honored coiling method is sure to open new avenues of expression. It’s a technique that produces compressed, aligned and strong structures that resist cracking or slumping.

 

Runtime: 2 hours 15 minutes

 

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A different approach

This DVD is a compilation of techniques such as clay preparation, coil making, basic construction, and advanced processes for making large or complex forms. The method consist of making a base then adding coils by wedging them together as you work around a form.

 

 

Compressed, strong and aligned

Unlike our traditional coil method where we apply coil on top of coil and blend together, this East Asian wedged coil technique requires constant blending of new clay into the form resulting in a structure where the clay is compressed and aligned and therefore strong and not prone to cracking.


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How it works

In the video, Michaud at one point demonstrates the technique using two clay bodies — one red and one buff. The red clay starts out at the base, but as the coils are added, that clay migrates up outside of the form. The resulting structure is strong because each new coil is wedged and compressed into the previous coil as it’s squeezed upward.

 

Beyond the basics

Michaud demonstrates advanced techniques including how to enclose a form, adding appendages, multiple openings using a bridging technique, coil ribbing, coil riveting, and bracing. You’ll also learn how to use two ‘strikers’ to develop the form as an alternative to the paddle and anvil method.

 

Strength at every stage

The purpose of this video is to help you master and apply coiling skills, and to provide another possibility for your creative endeavors. The video provides basic and advanced information to build and maintain the structural strength of a form at every stage of the creative process.

 

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