It’s one thing to learn how to make handles for pottery. It’s another thing all together to make pottery handles that both function well and look right on the pot. It can take quite a while to get the second part down. I have been making pots for longer than I care to admit, and… Read More »
Handbuilding may be an ancient pottery making technique, but there is no shortage of exciting work being created today by the hands of ceramic artists. Here, we’ll share with you some of the most inventive handbuilt work out there and give step-by-step instruction from the artists making it. Handbuilding projects, from the simple coil built pot to complex slab built sculpture, are covered in detail. Peruse through our archive of articles and videos on handbuilding techniques, whether you want to brush up on a process or start off in a new direction. And, if you haven't already, be sure download your free copy of our Five Great Handbuilding Techniques: How to Make Pottery Using the Pinch, Coil and Slab Methods for some handbuilding project ideas.
Throwing bowls on the pottery wheel is not the only option if you are interested in making a set of bowls. You can make lovely bowls by handbuilding, and using templates is a great way to make them uniform.In today’s post, an excerpt from his book From a Slab of Clay, (which is 20% off… Read More »
This clip was excerpted from Sandi Pierantozzi’s What If? Explorations with Texture and Soft Slabs, which is ON SALE in the CAD shop! Handles were the bane of my existence for a while. I just couldn’t get them just right when pulling them. But I like the pulled look. Then I saw Sandi Pierantozzi’s “flat pulling” technique,… Read More »
Jerilyn Virden’s forms were inspired by dough bowls and grinding stones that she came across while working on her MFA at Southern Methodist University. She was taken in by these large, rough objects that had acquired their curved interiors as a result of repetitive use. She decided to explore this form in her ceramic work,… Read More »
This clip was excerpted from Hybrid Pottery: Throwing, Altering, & Assembling, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Shop! Make Ceramic Platters of Any Shape and Size With an Easy to Make MoldLearning how to make a platter is an important skill for a potter. Platters are also a ton of fun because of the… Read More »
Chris Pickett’s puffy forms reference stuffed
animals and inflatable toys and the visible seams give the work a casual
and relaxed feel. Chris creates his inflated forms through
double walled construction using slump molds and paper patterns. In
today’s post, Chris takes us through this fun way of working.
I have been sort of obsessed with plates lately – I haven’t been making any (too busy lately for the studio!) but I have been looking at the plates of other potters and thinking about the form a LOT. Something tells me, the first thing I do when I get back to the studio will… Read More »
This clip was excerpted from Sewing Clay: Slab Building & Slip-Transferred Patterns, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Shop! 3-Dimensional Sketching: A Great Way to Come up with Slab Pottery IdeasFor me, one of the most challenging aspects of slab building is envisioning a 3D form when staring at a flat slab. So I… Read More »
Until several years ago, I hadn’t had much interest in making coil pots. I preferred the speed of the potters wheel. But after seeing the ceramic coil building methods of artists like Gail Kendall and Kari Radasch, I became more and more intrigued by the the potential of coil pots.In today’s post, an excerpt from… Read More »
When you first decide you want to create your own pottery, it’s likely your first class will involve making pinch pots. Pinch pots are usually the first thing taught in a beginning pottery class because they require very few tools and are a great way to get familiar with the properties of clay and the… Read More »