Since the mid-1970s, ceramic artist Peter King has been combining his experience in the building industry with his love for clay to make architectural works of art. Many of his projects involve columns like those shown to the left so Peter had to come up with a really great system for making tall, straight-walled cylindrical pieces. The best way Peter has found to do this is by wrapping slabs around cylindrical forms made of plywood and roofing flashing. Today, he explains this method, which allows him to make columns in virtually any height or diameter.
I met Tammy Marinuzzi earlier this year at the Potters Council Surface + Form workshop and had the pleasure of watching her work (and I just happened to catch it on film!). I was so impressed by her relaxed way of working and how she lets these little creatures evolve as they are being formed rather than starting out with a set plan. There was so much good stuff in her process that I couldn’t quite condense it down to one video, so today I will show you part one. Tune in next week for part two!
I’m taking a long overdue day off today, readers. And I plan to spend it in the studio! But I didn’t want to leave you hanging, so I thought I would send out a bonus Monday pottery video. This video comes from CAD reader Patricia Bridges. In the video Patricia makes a slab and coil built pot, which is enhanced by paddled texture. She finishes off with a lovely glaze that enhances the texture. Enjoy and have a good Monday!
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!
I moved late last summer and, lucky for me, the previous owner of my house did a fantastic job planting perennials in our front yard. And because the previous homeowner did all of that landscaping, I now have time to make some home made planters to dress up the front porch. Well, not really, but I’d like to think I have the time. But, since I was thinking about planters, I thought I would share this little video in which Dennise Buckley demonstrates a simple soft slab flower pot. Maybe you’ll find time to make some this summer!
Lately, potter Tracy Gamble has been working on a series of ceramic Nichos (traditional Latin American folk art objects) and discovered that commercial sprig molds are perfect for embellishing them. In today’s post, Bill Jones explains Tracy’s process. I particularly thought of all the teachers out there when I saw this project not only because it is accessible and fun, but because of how nicely it could combine with a social studies or history lesson.
This pottery video features Jeremy Randall, who makes beautiful slab built vessels inspired by architecture. In this demonstration, Jeremy takes us through his process. He discusses using tarpaper molds as template material, playing with contrasting textures and embellishing with with carpenter tacks which mimic nails you might see in architecture. So sit back and enjoy!
Pottery Video of the Week: Basic Doesn’t Have to Mean Boring – Pretty Organic Forms from Simple and Complex Pinch Pots
In today’s video, an excerpt from the DVD A Potters Progress, Dennise Buckley shares some pointers on making strong pinch pots. She not only gives an overview of the very basic technique, but demonstrates how it can be taken farther to make more complex forms. In her example, she makes a sculptural form influenced by the seed capsule of a poppy.
Pottery Video of the Week: Working With Slabs – A Ceramic Arts Daily Reader Shares Tips and Techniques for Slab Built Pottery
After working primarily on the wheel for years, I have been super excited about slab building lately. So I thought I would share a slab building video submitted by a Ceramic Arts Daily reader. In the video, Patricia Bridges of Bridges Pottery in Port Washington, New York, takes us through a couple of slab projects using textured and stenciled slabs. Not only are the projects simple and fun, but Patricia shares a couple of great tool ideas.
Kristin Doner produces pinch pots on a larger-than-usual scale. She used to begin her pinch pots with 2-3 pound balls of clay, but she wanted larger forms. So she increased the amount of clay and developed new forming strategies. After opening with a usual pinching method, she expands the pot by rhythmically paddling the outside. Today, in an excerpt from our newly expanded Five Great Handbuilding Techniques: Variations on Classic Techniques for Making Contemporary Handbuilt Pottery, Kristin explains this pinch and paddle technique.