I think many beginning potters start out with the goal of making perfect sets of bowls or mugs, but quickly realize that it isn’t that easy to make exact duplicates on the pottery wheel. It can be argued that this is precisely the charm of hand-made objects – that they are not perfect. If you… Read More »
It’s download day here at Ceramic Arts Daily! Today we are offering a great new e-book packed with techniques and tips designed to help you get the most out of your pottery wheel. And as usual, I am going to give you a little sample of what’s included. If you’ve ever tried to throw multiple… Read More »
Tony Clennell returns to Ceramic Arts Daily this week to demonstrate how to show those large pots who’s boss. He demonstrates how to make a super cool and super big salad bowl or “Roman bowl” as he calls it. The clip is excerpted from his full-length DVD “Taking the Macho Out of Bigware,” which is… Read More »
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… Read More »
If you trim your pottery using a bisque-fired chuck—or even if you don’t—you’ll love the superchuck. The superchuck is a normal bisque-fired chuck for trimming, but a ring of neoprene has been added for grip, and it’s been glued to a bat for easy centering and stability. Watch the video to check out what Tim… Read More »
If you are a potter who uses bats when throwing on the potter’s wheel, chances are you have had to wrestle with a bat or two to remove it from the wheelhead. Sometimes the suction-cup effect is so strong (especially with thin plastic or masonite bats) that when you finally break the bat free using… Read More »
At some point or another many potters are faced with a conundrum: their creativity goes unchecked and they artfully fashion a beautiful and delicate rim on a pot that they would like to flip over and trim on the potter’s wheel. But flipping the piece to trim will ruin the artfully created piece. A common… Read More »
This weekâ€™s Tip of the Week comes to us from James Rozzi of Stone Mountain, Georgia. Last week we saw a technique for trimming large platters with delicate rims. This week, we tackle trimming delicate narrow-necked bottle forms. Not only is Rozziâ€™s tip a time and energy saver, it may also bring back fond childhood memories!