On the Cover: Mike Jabbur’s liquor service, 12 in. (30 cm) in height, glazed porcelain and unglazed earthenware.


Theme: Throwing


It’s time to break out of those winter doldrums and get psyched with some fresh ideas for spring! We’ve got some hot projects and groovy techniques we think you’ll really enjoy. They’re not too complicated and allow for a lot of creativity. You’ll have fun displaying your thrown pieces in a handbuilt unit, or maybe you’d like to try your hand at cutting apart your work and reassembling it. David Hendley demonstrates how to take extruded forms and finish them off on the wheel, while Keith Phillips wows us with his salt and pepper shakers. The sooner you get to the studio, the sooner you’ll have some new pieces made.


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Decorating Through Disassembly 

by Jeff Campana


People think Jeff Campana is crazy for making the pots he make – the loss rate is high and the process is time consuming. But the results? WOW! His disassembled-cum-reassembled pieces are certainly something to look at.




Sipping Service

by Mike Jabbur


Making a set is always a complicated, challenging task. You must consider the relationships among various elements of a single pot, relationships between pots, the finished presentation, and the processes and materials. Take your work to the next level.




Salt and Pepper Shakers

by Keith Phillips


There are many benefits to being actively involved with social media. Beyond the obvious or sharing recipes, techniques and as a marketing platform, interacting with other potters online has pushed Keith to try new forms such as these remarkable salt and pepper shakers that have no stoppers.



Half and Half

by David Hendley


It often makes sense to combine throwing with other forming methods to efficiently produce a desired form. David does just that when he takes extruded forms and puts them on the wheel to finish them off. Ingenious!




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In the Mix: Adjusting Glazes 

Since glazes have many qualities, there are many ways to adjust them. If you want to raise or lower the maturing point; adjust the glaze fit, opacity, opalescence, or mattness; or perhaps promote crystal growth, we look at some guidelines.



Tools of the Trade: Wheels: The What and Why Before you Buy

If you buy the wheel you used at school or picked up the cheapest thing you could find on the used wheel market, you could be losing out. A bad wheel makes bad pots and ruins your pottery experience. Here’s what to look for in your search.



Supply Room: Throwing Ribs 

by Bill Jones


Did you know that the first throwing ribs were actual animal ribs? Well, we’ve come a long way and there are now many styles and shapes on the market. 




Tips from the Pros: Custom Hardwood Ribs

by Robert Balaban


If you’re looking for a custom rib or maybe a special profile, you can make the rib yourself. Robert Balaban shows you his method for getting the ribs of your dreams.



Instructor’s File: Making a Clay Ruler

by Paul Andrew Wandless


There are several ways to learn about clay shrinkage, but making a clay ruler is the simplest by far. Any age or level of experience will find this to be a fun and easy way to understand how much clay shrinks at every stage of the ceramic process.



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