Potter Mike Guassardo decided to throw handles for his large platters on
the pottery wheel because this method enabled him to carry a decorative
element on his rims through to the handles. Today, he demonstrates this
We’ve featured a number of
different posts on Ceramic Arts Daily about mixing colored clays to
create interesting surfaces, but, so far, we’ve haven’t featured any
videos. Until now, that is.
Today, Robin Hopper graces the
Ceramic Arts Daily small screen with a video on making thrown and
faceted vessels with colored clays. Have a look, and then mess around
with these fun surfaces yourselves! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
Wheel Throwing Video: It’s all in the Details – Design Considerations for Wheel Thrown Mugs, Cups, and Saucers
In today’s video, an excerpt from his DVD Form and Function: Ceramic Aesthetics and Design, Robin Hopper discusses the importance of good design on handmade pottery and demonstrates throwing a cup and saucer with these considerations in mind. Watch the video!
There are myriad ways to build non-round forms, but if you love
throwing, you’ll probably find that throwing and altering works best
for you. In today’s post, Cheri Glaser demonstrates a lively
squared-off teapot project. Not only does she cover throwing and
altering forms, but she also shares some other neat techniques, like
her thrown slab bottoms and pulled spouts.
Today’s video is one of our honorable mentions from our recent
Studio Tour Video Contest. It was submitted by Dianne Kimball of
Steilacoom, Washington. In the video, Dianne demonstrates how she makes
lovely clay flowers on her pottery wheel. I thought it was an
appropriate project to share right about now, what with summer
approaching and spring flowers popping up all around. You won’t have to
look far for inspiration. Watch the video!
Nan Rothwell returns to CAD today with another fantabulous video. In this one, she creates a beautiful wheel-thrown base for a lamp and gives it a super fun textured surface with a “wiggle wire.” Not only is the finished product inspiring, but Nan is an excellent teacher and shares some great tips along the way, such as a nifty way to center large amounts of clay. Watch the video!
Wheel Throwing Video: Buttered Up – How to Make a Wheel Thrown and Altered Butter Dish on the Pottery Wheel
In this video clip, Keith Phillips shows us how to make a thrown and altered classic American butter dish. It’s a fun project involving both thrown and handbuilt components. As Keith explains, butter sizes vary depending on your location, but his idea can be adapted to whatever size you need. Watch the video!
Throwing off-the-hump is a very helpful technique if you are making a series of a form. You only have to center once so you can really get into a rhythm, which makes it easier to repeat the same size and shape. But as Jerry points out in today’s video, it is also a fun exercise for experimenting with variations on a form. Watch the video!
Today, Lorna Meaden, past and future Potters Council workshop presenter, demonstrates how she darts a wheel-thrown pitcher to alter the shape. She also explains how darting can work really well on pots with handles because of the extra negative space that is created between the handle and the dart. As a bonus, she also quickly shows a really cool way to make a
beautiful refined foot that requires little or no trimming. Watch the video!
I finally found a teapot video that is about as succinct as they
come – roughly 12 minutes (not bad, considering the process). And the
great thing is, it doesn’t sacrifice detail and good advice. So, sit
back and watch this excerpt from Stephen Jepson’s Advanced Throwing
Projects and Techniques. When you’re done, you should have a darn good
foundation for making your own little teapot.