Today, we have another video from North Carolina potter Mark Peters. In it, Mark demonstrates how to make a homemade wire faceting tool and then shows how to use it to make a lovely loosely faceted bowl on the potters wheel.
Next week, we’ll show you Mark’s follow-up video on trimming and glazing these faceted bowls. Plus, Mark will share a glaze and slip recipe that he likes to use on these forms. Stay tuned!
-Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
After we ran Mark’s first video on stamping platter rims, we received a lot of comments. Many addressed the fact that the video did not have narration: some of you loved it, some missed the commentary. Mark took all of the comments to heart and came back with, what I think, is another great pottery video. Below, Mark tells us more about his video-making philosophy.
“I’m trying to develop a video style with the demos that uses text explanations instead of oral instruction,” Mark explains. “I find that I can make better editing decisions if I don’t have to worry about audio. I can spend time while I’m editing to figure out exactly the best place and the best time to insert a text block. I don’t have to think about saying everything needed at exactly the right time. I also often have distracting background noises in my studio. Plus I like the music and I think it’s less distracting. I hope to make the videos as self-explanatory as I can.”
If you have any questions on the wire faceting technique that weren’t answered by the video, just post them as comments below. Mark will be happy to answer them! Also, Mark welcomes constructive criticism about his video-making technique, so feel free post that as well.
About the star of this video, in his own words:
I graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1997 from the University of Tennessee. Since then, I have been working as a self-employed potter, teacher and kiln designer. My work has been featured in many books and magazines. I’ve also had my pots displayed in ceramic shows throughout the country. In 1998, We moved to the foot of Roan Mountain in Mitchell County, North Carolina. We have created a working pottery studio and gallery from an old barn on our property.
I make wheel-thrown, wood-fired functional pottery. Each piece is made by hand — a lot of the work is altered or assembled off the wheel. My work is a collaboration between me, the clay, and the fire. I work with the clay’s inherent qualities to make objects that are complimented through the wood firing. Processes in nature such as wind, gravity, and erosion inspire my work. Each pot is organic and loose in form, while bold and defined in structure. Wood firing is an intensive process; physically demanding but worth the work. Wood fired pots demand attention and respect. They have unique characteristics that make each pot one of a kind.
You can see images of Mark Peters’ work at www.pinerootpottery.com.