Handles can be the bane of a potter’s existence – at least they are for me a lot of the time (including yesterday). So I am always happy when I learn new ways of approaching them. Today, in an excerpt from Gail Kendall’s DVD From Plate to Tureen: Slab and Coil Building, Gail shows us… 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.
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.
In today’s post, Lisa Naples shares her technique for making a slab-built handle for a cream pitcher. I love this handle because it is an interesting shape that complements her slab-built pitcher really well, and because, just by looking at it, you can tell it is comfortable. Have a look in this excerpt from Flat… Read More »
Handles are something I struggled with for a long time. Once I started to get my handles the way I wanted, I realized that my pieces as a whole looked better. Another example of how paying attention to all the details in a piece can make a world of difference. In today’s video, Martha… Read More »
The pinch pot is the most elemental of pottery forms requiring simply one’s hands and a lump of clay. Because of this, it is often the first technique most of us learn when introduced to clay. But that doesn’t mean it is merely a beginner technique. Many artists use pinching techniques to make sophisticated… Read More »
Many studio potters consider it cheating to use commercial products (molds, glazes, etc) in their work, but to me, nothing should be off limits! Kate Maury agrees and makes gorgeous functional work that looks more like sculpture. She does this using commercially made sprigs and clay sprigs made from found objects. In today’s post, she… Read More »
In this video, an excerpt from the utterly inspiring DVD Pieces and Patterns: Complex Forms from Handbuilt and Wheel-Thrown Parts, Deborah Schwartzkopf, a master at designing beautiful non-round functional pottery, shows us how she makes her dessert bowls. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor. Having trouble watching the video? Please see our Video FAQ to troubleshoot…. Read More »
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, which basically changed my world. Sandi demonstrates a couple of variations on this technique in today’s excerpt from her DVD,… Read More »
Bryan Hopkins jokingly refers to his pots as dysfunctional vessels because of their high loss rate. But he says that just comes with the territory when your goal is to push the material to its limits. In today’s post, an excerpt from the Ceramics Monthly archives, Hopkins explains his process, which includes throwing pots on… Read More »
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, Daryl Baird… Read More »