Scott Dooley’s work looks to be anything but simple, with its wild angles and off-kilter shapes. But if you break it down to the basics, you learn that it is just made up of a lot of simple parts. In today’s video clip, an excerpt from his new DVD Handbuilding Modular Forms with Stiff Slabs, Scott demonstrates how he makes the building blocks of his sculptural vessels and the tools he has come up with along the way to make his process easier. With these tips, all you need is some imagination to develop interesting hand built pottery of your own. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
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In Handbuilding Modular Forms with Stiff Slabs Scott Dooley shares his technique for creating brightly colored modular vessels using altered slabs and a minimum of tools. Scott demonstrates how he mixes and matches conical and cylindrical slab-built parts to construct an energetic teapot and a sculptural joined vase form. Then he explains how he creates an aged metallic patina using copper wash and just one base glaze with various colorants. If you’re looking to start handbuilding or searching for an expressive variation of ho-hum slab work, this is the video for you!
The cereal bowl selection at my house consists mainly of all of my reject bowls from over the years. It’s a motley crew of old, wonky pieces that make me want to reach for the nearest sledgehammer every time I open the cupboard. So I am on a mission: to replace them with more recent work that is finally feeling a bit more resolved and successful. So since I am bowl obsessed, I thought I would share an inspirational bowl video. In this clip, an excerpt from her DVD Creating Curves with Clay (which is now available ad a digital download!), Martha Grover demonstrates how she dresses up a basic ice cream or cereal bowl with curves inspired by orchids and flowing dresses. Enjoy!
Handles can be the bane of a potters existence – at least they are for me a lot of the time. So I am always happy when I learn new ways of approaching them. Today, in an excerpt from Gail Kendall’s new DVD Slab and Coil Building (which debuts today in the Ceramic Arts Daily Bookstore!) Gail shows us three great handle techniques. This DVD was so fun to watch because Gail has such a good sense of what her material can and cannot do. She definitely has me inspired to try her slab/coil techniques – and this clip in particular has cured my “handle block.”
Historically, I have been more of a thrower than a handbuilder. I love handbuilt pots, but haven’t quite gotten there with my handbuilding. One thing I have struggled with is coming up with attractive feet on slabbuilt vessels and platters. But Suze Lindsay’s new DVD gave me some good ideas to play with. In today’s video, Suze shares a couple of great little techniques for added feet. Have a look! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
Suze Lindsay demonstrates the art of creating pouring vessels. You’ll learn the steps necessary to throw, alter, assemble and decorate an English style jug, handleless creamer, handleless ‘bird’ pitcher, gravy boat and saucer, a large stacked pitcher and a teapot. Suze’s easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions provide details you need to create well-designed, highly functional pots.