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The Lisa Naples Collection

Posted On November 11, 2015 Comments Off on The Lisa Naples Collection
  Purchase The Lisa Naples DVD Collection – $99 FREE SHIPPING when you order the DVDs online! (Applies to US Orders Only) (Original list price for combo: $119.94)   Purchase The Lisa Naples Video Download Collection- $79   |     The Best of Both Worlds!   Whether you are a potter interested in expanding… Read More »

A Homemade Clay Tool Makes Building a Graceful Slab Bowl Easier

Posted On October 30, 2015 3 Comments
Randy Johnston Shares a Great Pottery Project and Some Homemade Clay Tools When slab building, sometimes it can be challenging to get a particular shape because if you let the clay stiffen long enough to lose its floppiness, you might end up with cracks in joints. When Randy Johnston had an idea for a form… Read More »

Working With Colored Pottery Clay to Create Vibrant Tactile Pots

Posted On October 21, 2015 32 Comments

Chris Campbell has been working with the colored clay for twenty years and, as she puts it, has not “come close to trying everything I want to do…there always seems to be another question, another idea. It’s just so much fun.” Today Chris joins us to help spread the fun with a simple colored clay project. Even though the project only starts with two different colors of clay, by mixing different proportions of the two colors, and arranging the results in different patterns in a loaf, surprisingly intricate patterns can be developed.


How to Make a Lovely Folded Vase with a Clay Slab

Posted On October 16, 2015 3 Comments
Creating a Unique Slab Built Pottery Vase Jan McKeachie-Johnston’s folded vase form is her translation of a Native American birch bark basket into clay. To make it, she uses one clay slab and a template she developed through experimentation.   In today’s video clip, an excerpt from her new video In the Studio with Randy… Read More »

Pottery Video! Tips for Strong Joints on Slab Built Pottery

Posted On October 9, 2015 16 Comments

I am happy to announce that the lovely Lisa Naples’s DVD Flat to Functional: Handbuilding and Slip Decorating, is making its debut to the world today. Lisa is a consummate teacher with a gift for explaining how her hands manipulate the clay. In today’s clip, I’ve gathered a couple of particularly good little nuggets of information on making your slab built joints super strong. Enjoy! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


Put Your Best Foot Forward: Suze Lindsay Shares Two Techniques for Handbuilt Feet

Posted On October 5, 2015 8 Comments

Historically, I have been more of a thrower than a handbuilder. I love handbuilt pots, but haven’t quite gotten there with my handbuilding. One thing I have struggled with is coming up with attractive feet on slabbuilt vessels and platters. But Suze Lindsay’s new DVD gave me some good ideas to play with. In today’s video, Suze shares a couple of great little techniques for added feet. Have a look! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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From Slab to Grab: Creating Textured Handles

Posted On September 23, 2015 9 Comments

Texture in clay can be addictive. Who doesn’t love pressing objects into a piece of soft clay? And why stop at the handles? As Annie Chrietzberg demonstrates in today’s post, textured slab handles are a great way to carry texture throughout a piece – plus they are less messy than pulled handles and can provide instant gratification. Have a look!



How to Add Visual and Structural Strength to a Form with Coils

Posted On September 16, 2015 1 Comment
If you’re looking to add a striking graphic quality to your pots, you’ll enjoy today’s post. Today, Elisa Helland-Hansen explains how she adorns her pots with coils for a simple and strong impact. Not only do these pieces have an assertive visual and tactile sense, the coils also add to their physical strength! -Jennifer Harnetty,… Read More »

Upcycled Utensils: Adding Handmade Handles to Out-of-Commission Kitchen Tools

Posted On September 9, 2015 4 Comments

As clay artists, we’ve all upcycled old, out-of-use objects into useful tool studio tools (think credit card rib). But I had never thought about it in terms of using my clay work to help breathe new life into an old object until I saw Kristin Pavelka’s article in the November/December 2012 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated. Kristin finds antique kitchen utensils with broken handles, and replaces the broken handles with gorgeous handmade handles. In today’s post, I have excerpted a bit from the article. 



Sketching in Clay to Come up With Beautiful and Interesting Handbuilt Forms

Posted On September 4, 2015 11 Comments
When 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 DVD Handbuilt Forms with Soft Slabs: Developing Ideas, Sketches,… Read More »