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How to Make an Animated Salt and Pepper Set

Posted On November 2, 2015 5 Comments

Sets are a great way to have fun with form, and a wonderful project if you like to make animated work. Jen Mecca sees her salt and pepper shakers as characters that need to interact and relate to one another. In today’s post, Jen shares her method for wheel throwing and altering the salt and pepper shakers, as well as how she embellishes them with various “costumes” such as sprigs and finials. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


How to Use Cheap Craft Store Tools to Add Playful Details to a Wheel Thrown Cup

Posted On September 11, 2015 7 Comments
Ever since buying one of Chandra Debuse’s yunomi’s a couple of years ago, I wondered how she created the biomorphic volumes that give these forms their wonderful Seuss-like quality. Turns out, they are made with the aid of craft foam – that craft store staple that is ubiquitous in children’s art projects.   Chandra reveals… Read More »

Throw, Facet, Throw: How to Create Beautiful Cups with Undulating Texture

Posted On August 26, 2015 2 Comments
Frank Krevens had been making faceted cone 10 porcelain work for many years, but after a recent move, he lost access to the high fire kiln. That, and a concern for the environmental impact he was having with the higher fired work, led him to try to develop his palette for low firing. His solution… Read More »

How to Make a Lively Thrown and Altered Teapot on the Pottery Wheel

Posted On August 10, 2015 16 Comments

There are myriad ways to build non-round forms, but if you love
throwing, you’ll probably find that throwing and altering works best
for you. In today’s post, Cheri Glaser demonstrates a lively
squared-off teapot project. Not only does she cover throwing and
altering forms, but she also shares some other neat techniques, like
her thrown slab bottoms and pulled spouts.


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! 



Cutting and Pasting to Create New Pottery Forms

Posted On April 27, 2015 10 Comments

Shana Salaff prefers to design new forms by cutting and pasting components and playing around until she arrives at a form she likes. Sometimes she even goes back to shapes that she thinks she is too comfortable with and deliberately messes with them to see what happens.


This playful approach helped her to develop her “Cut-Rim Plates.” In today’s post, Shana explains how she cuts a wheel-thrown plate into a square and then uses the scraps to create a fresh and interesting rim.–Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


Splash Bowls: Throwing and Altering to Create Pots that Mimic Drops of Water

Posted On March 30, 2015 1 Comment

Aysha Peltz’s “Splash Bowls” are inspired by the iconic photograph Milk Drop Coronet, by Doc Edgerton ( She was captivated by the “elegance with which the image arrests a moment in time” and realized that the exposure of clay to fire does a similar thing. In today’s post, an excerpt from the April 2015 issue of Ceramics Monthly, Aysha explains how these forms evolved and gives a snapshot of how she creates them. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


How to Make a Flower Brick Out of Entirely Wheel Thrown Parts

Posted On March 23, 2015 2 Comments

Flower bricks have a long history in the ceramic world. Initially, they were the shape and size of bricks laying on their sides and had numerous small holes in the top for flowers. But ceramic artists have played with that shape, and now you can find a in a wide array of shapes and sizes made using all sorts of techniques. Joan Bruneau creates her flower bricks from entirely wheel thrown pieces, right down to the florets and rosettes that decorate the flower grid. In today’s post, an excerpt from the Ceramics Monthly archives, Joan shares her process.

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Support Systems: What it Takes to Make Lightweight Wheel Thrown, Altered, and Assembled Ceramic Sculptures

Posted On February 9, 2015 3 Comments

Making thin, curved walls out of clay requires support throughout the process. In today’s post, Wouter Dam explains how he uses foam swimming pool floats for support during construction, and customized clay supports to get the pieces through the firing.

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Guidelines for Altering Straight-Sided Cylinders

Posted On January 7, 2015 2 Comments

Darting pots is yet another thing on my long list of to-dos in the studio. I love the way simple darts can really change the look of a piece and give it personality. In today’s post, an excerpt from the January/February 2015 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, Deb Schwartzkopf provides some tips for altering straight-sided cylinders. Her handy-dandy illustration of what forms are created by different darts is really helpful in visualizing the final result. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.