summerfield_620When learning to hand build, one of the biggest challenges can be staring at that slab or lump of clay and envisioning an interesting form. That “blank canvas” can be pretty intimidating. So I absolutely love the “clay sketching” exercise Liz Zlot Summerfield shares in her new DVD Handbuilt Forms with Soft Slabs: Developing Ideas, Sketches, and Patterns into Functional Pottery.

 

In this clip, you’ll see that lesson, plus Liz demonstrates how she uses it to make the bodies of her creamer and sugar sets- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

 


 

 

 

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This clip was excerpted from Handbuilt Forms with Soft Slabs: Developing Ideas, Sketches, and Patterns into Functional Pottery, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Bookstore!

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finishedpieceTo learn more about Liz Zlot Summerfield or to see more images of her work, please visit www.lzspottery.com.

 

For fabulous forming techniques, be sure to download your free copy of Five Great Handbuilding Techniques: Variations on Classic Techniques for Making Contemporary Handbuilt Pottery.

 

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