In my neck of the woods, it’s almost rhubarb season! So I thought I would repost Sumi von Dassow’s article on how to make a baker for rhubarb crisp, from the Pottery Making Illustrated archives.In this post, Sumi demonstrates how she makes her lovely square baking dishes (that are great for any type of baked… Read More »
Wheel Throwing Techniques
For some people, throwing clay on the potter's wheel can be addictive. If you are one of those people, you have come to the right place. Here, professional studio potters provide instruction as well as inspiration for anyone wanting to learn, improve and master wheel throwing techniques. Browse these articles and videos for helpful information such topics as altering wheel thrown vessels or trimming large platters with complex rims.
And, if you haven't already, be sure to download your free copy of Five Great Pottery Wheel Throwing Techniques: Tips on Throwing Complex Pottery Forms Using Basic Throwing Skills, which includes detailed well-illustrated, step-by-step pottery making projects by nationally known potters, teachers and workshop presenters.
Mugs are one of my favorite ceramic forms to make (and use) and seem to be about all I make lately. I got lots of inspiration for new mug forms at last week’s NCECA (National Conference on Education for the Ceramic Arts) Conference and can’t wait to get back into the studio to play around.For… Read More »
Plates have to be one of my favorite pottery forms to make. I love the big open canvas for decoration and the fact that they can double as wall art if you so desire. Because they are so much fun, though also deceptively challenging, we decided to put together a compilation of plate-making techniques from… Read More »
In today’s post, an excerpt from In the Potters Kitchen, Sumi von Dassow shows how to throw a French butter dish on the pottery wheel. If you are unfamiliar with French butter dishes, they are a great way to store real butter (as opposed to margerine) outside the fridge without it going bad. A great… Read More »
Ever since buying one of Chandra Debuse’s yunomi’s a couple of years ago, I wondered how she created the biomorphic volumes that give these forms their wonderful Seuss-like quality. Turns out, they are made with the aid of craft foam – that craft store staple that is ubiquitous in children’s art projects.Chandra reveals the secrets… Read More »
Most potters know that the Surform tool is a marvelous tool – so marvelous that it even has a wikipedia entry. And as I learned on the Wikipedia entry, aside from pottery, it is used in woodworking, automobile shops, and it can even be used to trim an elephant’s toenails!For Nick DeVries, it was the… Read More »
If you are a potter, chances are you are familiar with the terms “throwing and altering,” and can conjure up images of thrown-and-altered work. But the technique I am sharing in today’s video might be a little less familiar.In this post, an excerpt from her new video Function and Adornment: Handbuilding Functional & Decorative Forms,… Read More »
Pitchers are a challenging form because they are designed to hold a lot of liquid and, therefore, the vessel itself must be lightweight or it would be too cumbersome to use. Then again, if it is too light, it might break easily. It’s a delicate balance.In today’s post, an excerpt from the December 2015 issue… Read More »
Today is Thanksgiving Day in America and I am continuing with CAD’s tradition of posting a food-related post along with a recipe (for food, not glaze!) on the Thanksgiving holiday. I have to admit, I never knew why bundt cake pans have the tube in the middle of the pan until I read Sumi von… Read More »
Not only does Adam Field go over his meticulous carving techniques on his new DVD, Precision Throwing and Intricate Carving, but he also demonstrates his throwing chops on some fantastic forms. But before all of that he gives one of the best cylinder throwing demos I’ve seen. We’ve probably all had this assignment in our beginning… Read More »