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Video of the Week: How to Throw and Assemble a Yummy Candy Dish

Posted On December 19, 2014 11 Comments

You can never have enough receptacles for candy in my humble opinion. I really loved Jake Allee’s candy dish project from his new DVD Assembly Required: Building Complex Pottery Forms by Throwing, Altering, and Assembling because it reminded me that I could probably use some more candy dishes in my world. More importantly, because of Jake’s technique of throwing, altering, stretching, and assembling, I started to really think about new ways to make them. Hope it whets your creative appetite too!

 

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Pottery Video of the Week: How to Make a Textured Sushi Plate Using a Wiggle Wire

Posted On November 28, 2014 53 Comments

I love the technique of using a wiggle wire to cut pots off the wheel, thus creating an interesting texture on the bottom of the piece — a great alternative to trimming a foot. In today’s video, an excerpt from Wheel Throwing with Nan Rothwell, Nan takes that concept a step further by throwing her pot upside down and cutting it off with the wiggly wire, creating texture on the top of the piece. Have a look and think of more directions to take this technique. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Making Lidded Jars That Work Together Like a Happy Marriage

Posted On October 22, 2014 1 Comment

I haven’t made a jar in a while and when I saw Bill Wilkey’s article in the November December 2014 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, I remembered how much I enjoy making them. It is a fun exercise to make two-part pieces and find ways to make the components hang together visually.

 

Bill’s jars do this perfectly. From the soft squaring off of both the jar and lid, to the slightly arching rim that echoes the arches on the feet of the jar, every detail is considered to make a cohesive whole. In today’s post, Bill walks us through his jar-making process.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

 

PS. To see Bill’s decorating technique, check out the November/December 2014 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated!

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Sam Chung’s Wheel Throwing and Altering Process

Posted On October 20, 2014 5 Comments

When Sam Chung stumbled across a book of Korean Cloud motifs, he decided to explore pairing them with traditional Korean pottery forms, and his cloud series was born.

 

In today’s post, an excerpt from the November 2014 issue of Ceramics Monthly, Sam shares his wheel throwing and altering process, which results in pots that look like they are peering out from behind puffy clouds.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

 

PS. Check out the November 2014 issue of Ceramics Monthly to see Sam’s China Painting process, as well as his liner glaze recipe.

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How to Create a Beautiful Lobed Rim on a Wheel Thrown Plate

Posted On September 19, 2014 4 Comments

Plates have to be one of my favorite pottery forms to make. I love the big open canvas for decoration and the fact that they can double as wall art if you so desire. Because they are so much fun, though also deceptively challenging, we decided to put together a compilation of plate-making techniques from several different artists. In today’s post, I am sharing an excerpt in which Forrest Lesch-Middelton demonstrates a great way to make a beautiful altered rim on a large plate. Gorgeous. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Throwing and Decorating a Platter with Forrest Lesch-Middelton

Posted On September 18, 2014 Comments Off

Forrest Middelton makes the largest wheel-thrown plate on the compilation, beginning with 12.5 pounds of clay, and gives great advice on how to center this much clay without wrecking your wrists. Then he shares how he uses a process similar to how he throws cylinders to make a plate with a wide rim that can be darted and altered. He finishes it all off with his signature screen printed image transfer.

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A Sweet Handbuilt and Wheel Thrown Dessert Bowl

Posted On August 22, 2014 13 Comments

In today’s post, Deborah Schwartzkopf, a master at designing beautiful non-round functional pottery, shows us how she makes her dessert bowls. The clip is an excerpt from her utterly inspiring new DVD Pieces and Patterns: Complex Forms from Handbuilt and Wheel-Thrown Parts, which is now shipping!! Enjoy!

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Making a Tray for a Non Round Form

Posted On June 6, 2014 1 Comment
Marty Fielding enjoys making nonround angular forms, but is a wheel thrower at heart. So, rather than building from the ground up with slabs, Marty makes the walls of his pieces on the wheel then cuts them up and assembles them to get the pots he wants. In today’s post, an excerpt from his DVD Hybrid Pottery: Throwing, Altering, Assembling, Marty shows how he makes cool trays for his diamond-shaped oil bottles. Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
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Pottery Video of the Week: A New Twist on a Faceted Bowl

Posted On March 14, 2014 18 Comments

In today’s post, an excerpt from his DVD Lively Forms and Expressive Surfaces (which is now shipping by the way!!), Mark Peters shares a new twist that he came up with for faceting pots. By making the cuts while the pot is still cylindrical and adjusting the way the wire moves through the clay, Mark creates an interesting alternative to the typical faceted surface.

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How to Make a Gestural Wheel-Thrown Mug

Posted On November 13, 2013 3 Comments
I really liked the following quote from Sean O’Connell’s recent article in Ceramics Monthly: “Technical ability grows naturally with experience, but conceptual rigor needs constant attention and exploration.” I think it is all too easy to let the conceptual rigor slide, yet paying attention to your influences and working hard to successfully mesh them with… Read More »