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Tagged:  Handbuilding Videos


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 »

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 »

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.


How to Make a Bisque Hump Mold with a Bucket

Posted On August 21, 2015 9 Comments

Molds are one of my favorite tools in my studio. I love how quickly you can produce objects. Since graduating from Ohio State University in the spring of 2014, I’ve been trying to avoid making plaster molds in my basement studio. Carving out a dedicated plaster space isn’t ideal when my studio space is already tight. Thanks to Kari Radasch, I’ll be able to make new bisque molds quickly, effectively, and most importantly, without any plaster.

In today’s video, an excerpt from her video Low-Tech Clay – High-End Results, Kari demonstrates a really simple and interesting technique for creating a soft-curved hump mold by slumping clay into a bucket. This clip got me ready to make some new bisque molds! I can’t wait to try this out! – Ash Neukamm, guest editor


Lana Wilson Shares a Technique for Funky Handbuilt Feet and Lids

Posted On August 7, 2015 4 Comments
If you’re familiar with Lana Wilson’s work, you know that she comes up with some of the most imaginative ways to make it. Following the clay’s lead, she makes forms with life and spunk.   In today’s post, an excerpt from her video Handbuilding with Color and Texture, she shares her technique for making the… Read More »
Photo of Amy Sanders pressing a bisque forming plate into a slab of clay

How to Make Press-Molded Trays Using a Bisque Forming Plate

Posted On July 24, 2015 1 Comment
Today’s video clip is an excerpt from Amy Sanders’s DVD Creative Forming with Custom Texture. This project is one of my favorites from the DVD. After filming, I was so excited I went to the studio and cranked out a bunch of these bisque forming plates. Now I just need to find time to actually… Read More »

How to Make a Jar With Press-Molded Decorative Strips and Wheel Thrown Parts

Posted On July 10, 2015 8 Comments

A. Blair Clemo has some of the most interesting pottery making techniques I have seen. His process involves press molds, coil building, wheel throwing, sprig molds and more. Though it looks fairly complex, it’s really not when you break it down.

In today’s clip, an excerpt from his brand-spanking-new video Simply Ornate: Handbuilding and Wheel Throwing with Press Molds, Blair shows one of the ways he combines wheel thrown parts with custom press-molded decorative strips to make a sweet jar. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


Pottery Video of the Week: The Puffy Handle – Sandi Pierantozzi Demonstrates a Great Alternative to a Pulled Handle

Posted On July 3, 2015 13 Comments

Pulled handles are lovely, but they are not the only option for creating great handles on your pottery. With a little imagination and skill, you can make successful handles in a multitude of ways. Our good friend Sandi Pierantozzi, who is not lacking in the imagination or the skills department, returns today with a great idea for an alternative to the pulled handle. In this clip, Sandi shares the technique for making her “puffy” handles. Enjoy!


How to Dress up a Wheel Thrown Bowl with Curves

Posted On May 29, 2015 5 Comments

The cereal bowl selection at my house consists mainly of all of my reject bowls from over the years. It’s a motley crew of old, wonky pieces that make me want to reach for the nearest sledgehammer every time I open the cupboard. So I am on a mission: to replace them with more recent work that is finally feeling a bit more resolved and successful. So since I am bowl obsessed, I thought I would share an inspirational bowl video. In this clip, an excerpt from her DVD Creating Curves with Clay (which is now available ad a digital download!), Martha Grover demonstrates how she dresses up a basic ice cream or cereal bowl with curves inspired by orchids and flowing dresses. Enjoy! 



Working with Homemade Tools and Bisque Molds to Create Texture on the Inside of a Bowl

Posted On May 21, 2015 2 Comments

What’s not to love about texture and clay? After all, it’s clay’s wonderful malleability that got us all hooked in the first place. And textured clay can work so well with glaze. In today’s post, an excerpt from her new video Low Tech Clay: High End Results, Kari Radasch shares a simple technique for creating texture on the inside of a bowl by using an easy-to-make tool and a bisque hump mold. An added bonus of this technique is that, because your mold is a hump mold, you can attach the foot right away so everything can dry at the same time, thus avoiding cracks! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.