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Even the Masters Started with the Basics

Clay Projects and Fundamentals: A Resource for Aspiring Clay Artists and Teachers will get you on your way with clay!


In this Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video, Neil Patterson focuses on the fundamentals of working with clay to provide an indispensable resource for those just starting out in clay, and those who teach them. The DVD is structured in the same way Neil approaches a semester of beginning ceramics, starting with pinch pots and moving on to more complex slab-built pieces. In addition to demonstrating eight hands-on projects, Neil provides an introduction to studio materials, as well as a bonus guide geared specifically toward teachers to help them address state educational goals and standards.


Run Time: 3 hours


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The Fundamentals


This video serves as a reference for new and aspiring clay artists as well as those who teach them. With projects presented in a clear, easy-to-follow format, you’ll quickly grasp the fundamentals of working in clay. From selecting tools and materials to learning the forming and construction techniques for handbuilding, Neil covers every important detail.


More than just clay


Whether you’re new to clay or handbuilding, or perhaps looking for the best projects to teach any age group, Neil’s projects provide a successful way to go. In the first demonstration on pinch pots with simple coil additions, he covers symmetry, asymmetry, treatment of rims and feet. When he moves onto coiled larger forms inspired by historical pottery, he discusses form and the timing of construction, as well as attention to profile, scale, and decoration.




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Patterson CoilProjects to build on


Every project Neil demonstrates forms the basic building block for an infinite range of work – it’s all up to the imagination. From the basic pinch pots and coil forms, he moves on to demonstrate slab building, simple coil-built figures, tiles and advanced slab building with templates. As he works, he discusses the reason for each step and provides tips that will help you complete projects successfully.


pattersonsgraffito1Planning bonus


If you’re an educator, you’ll appreciate the teacher resources feature, which provides lesson planning information. Neil provides details about the supplies needed for each project, how to break projects up into multiple sessions, the art standards that the project meets, and ideas for expanding the projects.



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