In today’s video, potter Nan Rothwell demonstrates throwing a pitcher in two parts on the pottery wheel. It is a great instructional pottery video because it involves many different parts of the pottery making process: throwing in sections, bellying-out a form, making a spout, attaching a handle, and more. And Nan is a great teacher. All along the way, she thoroughly and thoughtfully explains what she is doing, sharing insights that she has gleaned from forty years of working with clay. In addition to the video, I have posted some images of Nan’s finished work and a couple of glaze recipes below. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


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Carbon Trap Orange Shino
Nepheline Syenite 40%
OM 4 15%
F4 Soda Feldspar 13%
Soda Ash 12%
EPK Kaolin 8%
Spodumene 9%
Cedar Heights Redart 3%
Total: 100%
Bentonite 2%
Sylvia’s Ash
Custer Feldspar 70%
Wood Ash 30%
Total: 100%
Bentonite 2%
Albany Substitute Glaze Cone 10
Dolomite 15%
RedArt or other Red Clay 50%
Custer Feldspar 35%
Total: 100%
Titanium 1%
Bentonite 2%

For more great glaze recipes and glazing techniques, check out Glazes and Glazing: Finishing Techniques in the Ceramic Arts Daily Bookstore.

These bowls are made from Highwater Clay’s Phoenix and fired in cone ten salt glaze. The outside is a combination of Salt Slips A, B and E Slips, sprayed in approximate thirds around the pot. The interior is a combination of Albany Substitute Glaze from Chots Levenson, with .75% cobalt carbonate, Ken’s Black (a recipe not yet on the website) and Apple Green Celadon, layered over each other by spraying. The glazes and slips not posted here can be found on Nan’s website
Albany Slip
I’ve always used Albany Slip as a liner glaze in salt. As I have neared the end of my “lifetime supply” I have begun to search for alternatives to it. On my website, I provide two substitute recipes for Albany (the one above and another). There is also a new slip clay available called Ohio Slip that seems to be a close match to the original Albany. It’s sold by Pam Adkins of A&K Clay 937-379-1495 or My early tests suggest that it looks good in salt but seems to be slightly more refractory than the original stuff.

The reduction soy bottle at left has a combination of Albany Substitute Glaze, plus .75% cobalt carbonate, Apple Green Celadon, and Chots Levenson’s Blue Ash sprayed in layers.

The glazes and slips not posted here can be found on Nan’s website

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