<p>Learn how to make a gigantic vase like this one in today's video!</p>

Learn how to make a gigantic vase like this one in today's video!

Since we were already thinking big this week (see Wednesday’s post on Morten Løbner Espersen’s largescale ceramic art installation), I thought today’s video would be a fitting one. It comes to us all the way from Gaya Ceramic Designs in Bali, Indonesia. Potter Marcello Massoni demonstrates how he produces huuuuuuuuge vases on the pottery wheel by throwing them in sections (and he makes it look so easy!).

And since there is no narration on this video, below we’ve posted further explanation of the process in the form of step-by-step instruction. Check out the video and the step-by-step, then try a tall order of your own! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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The Process

First Marcello centers about 17 pounds (8 kg) of clay on the potter’s wheel. He manages to center this large amount of clay by centering it in sections (figure 1). Once it is centered, Marcello throws a tall cylinder on a bat. Once he has refined the cylinder with a rib, he removes it from the wheel and sets it aside to firm up to about leather hard (figure 2).

The next day, using about 13 pounds (6 kg) of clay, he throws another thickish cylinder, opening the clay all the way down to the bat to make it bottomless. He removes it and puts the first cylinder back on the wheel. He brushes a little water on the rim and then inverts the second cylinder and joins the two (figure 3). Then he proceeds to throw and blend the two cylinders together, thinning the top and adding height to the piece (figure 4). After refining the piece so it appears to be one, he throws another bottomless cylinder and the process again until the vase is the desired height. To finish it off, he collars in the top to give it a rounded tapered look. In the end, about 86 pounds of clay are used and the vase is about 4 feet tall!

To learn more about Marcello Massoni
and Gaya Ceramic and Design, visit www.gayafusion.com.

It never hurts to see how different potters approach the same technique. Be sure to watch Tim See’s video on throwing pots in sections in the Ceramic Arts Daily Video Archives!

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