Jeffrey Nichols explains the mechanics that go into making a functional teapot spout. Today’s video features potter Jeffrey Nichols demonstrating a great technique for a handbuilt teapot spout. In addition to the technique, Jeffrey discusses and gives pointers on what makes a teapot spout function properly. I have made a few teapots in the years… 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.
Sometimes, when I’m really on a roll in the studio, I find it difficult to be patient and let the work dictate the pace of the process. If it’s not ready to be trimmed, and I go ahead and trim it while it’s too soft, I pay the price in deformation or S-cracks after firing… Read More »
Today we are trying something a little different with our video of the week. We are featuring an interview with ceramic sculptor Tom Bartel, who is exhibiting his new body of work at Sherrie Gallerie in Columbus, Ohio. The interview also features a short demonstration of Tom’s handbuilding techniques. We thought this would be a… Read More »
Mark Gordon used a specialty mortar to attach bone-dry pieces together to form this sculpture. One of the challenges of working with clay is timing, especially when constructing a complex sculptural form. Making sure that all components are at the appropriate moisture and stiffness level when joining pieces is one of the key considerations that… Read More »
It is no wonder that the natural landscape is a big influence on ceramic artist Elaine Parks. Living in Tuscarora, Nevada, population thirteen, it would be hard not to be supremely influenced and connected to one’s surroundings. In her latest body of work, Elaine has been experimenting with puncturing clay slabs as a nod to… Read More »
In this video, Andrew Sanders of Dixon, New Mexico, demonstrates pulling handles directly on the pot–a very handy skill indeed! This technique results in a more organic relationship between the handle and the vessel. And, because you, well, handle your handle less, you’ll reduce the chance of accidentally nicking or dinging work and avoid extra… Read More »
Is your work needing a little energy boost? Is it feeling a little sleepy these days? Maybe it needs a little shot of caffeine? Dutch artist Wim Borst adds coffee beans to his clay body to create organic textures in his ceramic sculptures. Try it for yourself and give you work a little buzz! –… Read More »