New Webseries – How to unf$%k your pot

Hello All, I’ve launched a new web series entitled – How to unf%$k your pot. In it I will be going through different lessons in pottery making. As they come out, I will embed them into previous posts about the same lesson. You can see what I mean in my wedging post. However, the following … Continue reading

Pottery life lessons

Every Saturday, every other Sunday and one Saturday night a month I teach a pottery workshop at Choplet.com that is meant predominantly for beginners. I mean, absolutely, 100% never touched clay before beginners. o As I go around helping everyone out I find I keep spouting the same pieces of advice that sound like they … Continue reading

Its not a goblet, till you’ve connected the stem

Hello, through the magic of blogging we’ll pick up this week with connecting the two pieces that were thrown last week to make a goblet. I’m happy to say that filming the process went as normal and there will be corresponding video to the advice given below. So huzzah! In last weeks blog, I discussed … Continue reading

Elevate your cup, make a goblet

First off I will apologize, because no matter what I tried I could not get the video I shot for this post off my phone and working properly. So I will do my best to be as informative as I can about first half of making a goblet. Second, why you should want to learn … Continue reading

Every cup needs a bottle

Maybe its me, but I don’t think ceramic bottles get there due. I mean as shapes go, people tend to gravitate towards bowls, plates, cups etc. Once a potter has gotten some experience they want to graduate to tea pots or chalices. More often than not though, you don’t hear students asking about how to … Continue reading

How to close a shape, but more importantly why!

While writing last weeks blog post on double wall vessels and how to close them, it occurred to me that I should also show how to make a single wall closed form vessel. If closing the double wall vessel was troubling for you, this is a good way to practice closing a form and working … Continue reading

If one wall is good, 2 are better?

Last week I posted about how to make a chip n’dip. This week I’m taking that lesson one step further with making a double wall vessel. In my opinion, the point of creating a double wall piece isn’t for functionality or practicality, but rather for design and artistic expression. Creating a double wall mug or … Continue reading

Everyone loves a chip n’dip

Last week I went over how to make plates quickly and easily. This week we’ll extend that technique to the classic shape of the chip n’ dip. First off, it should be noted that this chip n’ dip (like almost everything else in pottery) creates different products depending on the size of the pieces. So at … Continue reading

Plates, done quickly and simply

First off, this will be the 22nd post of this blog and I’d like to say that things are moving along well with it. People seem to be enjoying it and finding it helpful, so that makes me really happy and I want to thank anyone who’s been supportive. I’d also like to note that … Continue reading

Trimming your f$%king bowl

Now that I’ve discussed how to throw a bowl, its time to talk trimming. In this post I’ll be discussing my method of trimming. Next week, I’ll go into trouble shooting any problems you might have when trimming a bowl. Since trouble shooting is next week, I’ll wait to give you an example on what … Continue reading