Today’s pottery video is kind of like a two-for-one deal (except, of course, you don’t have to pay for anything!) In this excerpt from the DVD Pottree: Wedge to Fire, potters Don Ellis and Randy Brodnax demonstrate a couple of variations on the same technique in tandem. The technique involves using sodium silicate and a heat gun to quickly harden the outside surface of a freshly thrown pot. Then the pot can be stretched from the inside, creating a lovely cracked texture on the surface. The video is as entertaining as it is informative because Don and Randy are longtime pals who jokingly rib (not in the pottery sense of the word) each other as they work. Enjoy! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.



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This post was excerpted from Pottree: Wedge to Fire, with Don Ellis and Randy Brodnax, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Bookstore.

For more explanation on sodium silicate and how this technique works, see “Deliberate Cracks: Heating and Stretching to Create Crackled Texture on Pottery” in the Ceramic Arts Daily Archives.
To learn more about Randy Brodnax and see more images of his work, visit
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