Graham Sheehan cuts a clay slab using a cardboard template. The slabs he cuts will then be constructed into a planter using a cardboard form.

Making my own planters has been something that I have had on my to-do list for oh so many years, but for some reason, I just never seem to get to it. But after watching Graham Sheehan’s DVD Beginning Handbuilding, planters have moved back to the top of my list.


For today’s video, I have excerpted a cool planter project involving a simple cardboard form and some slabs. What I especially like about this project is that Graham turns very practical joint reinforcements into lovely loose decorative elements. Perhaps the reason I had been avoiding planters for so long was that I was obsessed with getting them perfect. Now I have been reminded that celebrating the joinery can be a practical and aesthetically appealing way to handbuild. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.



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This clip was excerpted from Beginning Handbuilding with Graham Sheehan,
available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Bookstore

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