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Simple Pottery Tools – “Ball Opener”

Tom Whitaker shows us a simple and effective pottery tool for opening a ball of clay – especially designed to create an evenly thick bottom… Genius! Want more pottery tools – then read our top 10 list of the best pottery tools for beginners. Do you want to learn ceramics? Don’t worry, we don’t sell or spam…

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Handmade: By Royal Appointment Wedgwood BBC Documentary

The Making of the Wedgewood Vase The film which follows the making of a Wedgwood vase. The culmination of over 250 years of expertise and heritage, the panther vase is handcrafted by artisan potters using the same techniques pioneered by Josiah Wedgwood in the 18th century. But the Wedgwood factory in Stoke is now a…

How to Make Relief Decoration on Tile Using Shellac Resist

Handmade ceramic tiles are perfect for trying out different decoration techniques. In today’s video, tile maker Frank Giorgini demonstrates a wonderful shellac-resist technique to create relief decoration. The process is similar to wax resist, but the shellac dries quicker, and is easier to control. He also shows us how to repeat  the pattern onto other tiles by using graphite rubbings. Get…

Ceramic flowers style Capodimonte

In this video we see Sonda Ceramics, the Italian Capodimonte Ceramic style, the company which produce ceramic flowers, show us how they produce their gold and platinum decorations. The molds look fantastic, and we simply LOVE how they hand make the flowers and leaves! Beautiful! Get Ceramic News Straight to your Inbox Don’t worry, we…

Raku Firing with Andrew Cummins

Andrew Cummins discusses the ancient art of pottery making, with an emphasis on raku firing. “Raku” is a Japanese term which roughly translates to “happy in the accident”, in reference to the random patterns that the heat & smoke create. It is also the Japanese surname of the family traditionally associated with the pottery style. …

Cristina Cordova : InFrame

Cristina Cordova is a sculptor based in North Carolina. Originally from Puerto Rico, Cordova was studying engineering when she decided to quit her program and follow her dreams of being an artist. In her picturesque studio she creates arresting clay figures that are both personal and universal. Her work is exhibited as part of the…

How To Decorate Ceramic Flower Pot Rims

Bill van Gilder shows us how to make flower pots, and especially how to manipulate the rims and texture the wall surfaces. He is using 6 pounds of clay per pot in this video. The clay is an iron bearing, mid range stoneware called Red Rock from Highwater Clays in Asheville, North Carolina. He will be wood firing…

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SIMON LEACH Throws an egg!

How To Throw an Egg? The amazing Simon Leach – from Simon Leach Potteries, author of the fantastic book “Simon Leach’s Pottery Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Throwing Beautiful, Functional Pots” – shows us the process of throwing an egg-shaped closed vessel. Why not have a go yourself this week, and like he says, Just…

Ayumi Horie – White Pots

A look into Ayumi Horie’s studio practice. Using porcelain, she shows how to dry throw bowls, plates, a match striker, and applies decals to pottery. She talks about the importance of touch and the haptic in life and what it means to make slow pots. All in all, some really interesting ideas that force the viewer…

Primitive Technology: Creating a Forge Blower

Wow, just wow! This guy is amazing. If i didn’t have an electric kiln I would be building my own wood fired kiln, creating about 10 of these and inviting some friends over to help fire the kiln… amazing! He even makes some Iron at the end just to test the temperature! The human spirit…

How to make a Ceramic Colander

One of the things that happens when you focus too much on pottery is that you only make cups and  bowls and vases… you forget that there are loads of other things to make – like ceramic colanders! Well don’t worry, Patricia Bridges from Bridges Pottery is here to show us how to make a ceramic…

Michael Casson – The Craft of the Potter – Throwing

Michael Casson was one of the pioneers in the renaissance of studio pottery in the post-war period, a greatly respected and a charismatic teacher and educator who influenced several generations of potters. After reading Bernard Leach’s 1940 A Potter’s Book, Casson responded positively to its concept of unity and wholeness, and its advocacy of functional…

Isaac Button – Country Potter

Isaac Button was the last true English country potter. In a day, he could turn a ton of clay into pots. When timed he threw a lump of clay on to the wheel, pulled it high, then cut it off with wire in 22 seconds. In an hour, he could turn out 120 pots. In…

How to roll a foot on a bowl and cup

A short video demonstrating a super simple way to “roll” a foot on to a small bowl and a cup, instead of turning it. Have you seen or used this technique before? What do you think of it? Do you want more content like this direct to your inbox? Don’t worry, we don’t sell or…

Coil building in Gakoigo pottery village

I love two things about this video: 1) The clay they are using looks exceptional; a coarse and plastic body, which they handle very wet. The addition of extra water during the building process makes the process akin to throwing. 2) They are using this wet clay to build upside down pots – as eventually the perfect…

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