Hi, my name is Sophie Moran, and in this workshop, I will be teaching you how to make faceted cups.
I’ll guide you step by step through the process, with demonstrations in blending clay bodies, throwing and trimming the form, surface treatment and handle attachment. I’ll also discuss firing and glazing considerations.
This workshop is great for those just starting out on the potter’s wheel and looking for instruction and inspiration. I will also offer thoughts on finding your own voice in ceramics and potential alternatives in technique for those with a little more experience.
I hope you have fun, feel inspired and learn a thing or two along the way.
When you buy this workshop, you get:
- Watch my Online Workshop
- The workshop will be around 1 hour long.
- Bonus Q&A
- Join my bonus Q&A where I answered questions about my process face-to-face
- Lifetime Access to the Replays
- The workshop and the Q&A are recorded, and you will have lifetime access to it. You can watch it online, or download it to your device to watch offline at any time
After this workshop, you could be making amazing work like this:
In this workshop, we will be doing the following:
Step 1. We will look at blending commercial clays to find the right clay body that is personal to your work, and how to prepare the clay to begin throwing.
Step 2. Finds us sitting at the wheel, discussing centering, throwing and the many thoughts that go into creating that initial cup form.
Step 3. And it’s time to pull handles, facet the surface of the cups and then attach the handles.
Step 4. Finally, we will look at a cup that has been bisque fired and discuss how to glaze, fettle and generally prepare the cup for its final firing.
At the end of this workshop you will be able to open your visual diary with ideas and techniques that will inform your choices when designing and making your own ceramic cup. This, in turn, will enable you to approach your next throwing session with strong focus, direction and confidence.
Required Materials & Equipment List
- Pottery wheel
- Throwing batts (not essential)
- Mallet (not essential)
- Cutting wire, arrowhead tool, needle tool, wooden kidney, chamois
- Bucket of water and sponge
- Banding wheel
- Potters knife
- Scouring tool
- Vinegar (not essential)
Melbourne potter Sophie Moran has established a reputation for quality, contemporary tableware that quietly and gracefully inhabits the home. With a career in ceramics spanning over twenty-three years, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to each and every piece she crafts.
Themes of simplicity, domesticity and connection arise in both the appearance and function of the wares Sophie creates. The forms to which she regularly returns, plates, bowls, cups, teapots, all perform fundamental tasks in daily rituals.
Describing her approach as ‘low tech’ Sophie uses basic pottery tools, such as knives, cutting wires and wooden kidneys, to achieve what can’t be done with her hands alone. An electric pottery wheel and three-phase electric kiln simplify her process.
Weaving work with art and art with life, accompanied by her love of music, community and home, Sophie continues to make pots that celebrate life’s simple pleasures, from her private studio, tucked away in the semi-industrial suburb of Brunswick in Melbourne, Australia.