In an excerpt from his DVD Get a Handle on It, potter Tony Clennell shares his expert advice on handle pulling. Tony shows us that, with a little practice and patience, great-looking pulled handles are within any potter’s grasp. Watch the video!
Today, Dannon Rhudy shares her technique for making wheel thrown juicers – and excerpt from our newly expanded edition of Five Great Pottery Wheel Throwing Techniques, which is available as a free download today. If you’ve already downloaded the earlier version of this one, be sure to check out the new techniques that were added.
Since it is Thanksgiving tomorrow, and many families will be coming together to reconnect, share a meal, and tell stories about holidays past, today I thought I would share this lovely article from Hannah Marshall.
The daughter of potter Paul Eshelman, Hannah reminisces on growing up in clay. The Eshelman pottery was truly a family affair with all members contributing in some part of the production schedule. Though it may sound like the ideal lifestyle to many of us who discovered pottery later in life, Hannah explains that it took a lot of blood, sweat and tears…but I don’t think she would have had it any other way.
Since it is Veteran’s Day tomorrow, I thought I would share this
story today involving war veterans and pottery. It’s the story of a
project designed to help war veterans transition into civilian
employment while tackling the monumental job of cataloging and
preserving a backlog of artifacts uncovered during the construction of
reservoirs from the 1940s through the 1980s.
Today’s post highlights the pottery of Matt Jones, Using local materials and decorative traditions, Matt’s work pays homage to the time when pottery played an important role in survival. Even the tools he uses exemplify this reverence for “our collective pottery past” as he puts it. Take, for instance “The Crusher,” Matt’s super low tech and incredibly brilliant homemade device for crushing old bottles into powder for his glazes. Matt explains how it works, and we have a video of it in action! So cool! He also shares a couple of glaze recipes.
Necessity is the mother of invention, as the saying goes, and Paul Donnelly’s tea trays are a prime example of this. Today, Paul Donnelly explains how he makes his tea trays using a combination of wheel throwing, press molding and slab-building techniques.
Sheila Clennell of Sour Cherry Pottery is an expert on cane handles
and, a while back, we shared her primer on working with cane. In
today’s video clip, Sheila demonstrates a more complicated cane handle
project: how to make what she calls her “Front Spray” style handle for
a teapot. Have a look and then think about tweaks you can make to make
it your own. The possibilities are endless! Watch the video!
Wheel Throwing Video: It’s all in the Details – Design Considerations for Wheel Thrown Mugs, Cups, and Saucers
In today’s video, an excerpt from his DVD Form and Function: Ceramic Aesthetics and Design, Robin Hopper discusses the importance of good design on handmade pottery and demonstrates throwing a cup and saucer with these considerations in mind. Watch the video!
In today’s post, I decided to turn to our good friend Robin Hopper for a good example of how to examine one’s work from concept to reality. Robin traces the development of some of his own works, considering the integration of form, development of imagery, and processes of final surface enrichment.
Contemporary Functional Pottery: A Discussion of Handmade Pottery by 11 Working Potters Available for Download
If you enjoy hearing the perspectives of other potters, you’ll really enjoy our latest free gift Contemporary Functional Pottery: A Discussion of Handmade Pottery by 11 Working Potters. Today, we are presenting an excerpt from it in which Tina Gebhart discusses what it means to make functional, utilitarian pottery in the contemporary world.