Where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing

For several months now I’ve been working on an ongoing commission of 850 tumbler cups. You can read about the start of it here.  It has been an all encompassing process that only until recently, I’ve been able to emerge from. What I would like to discuss today are some technical tips for doing a large … Continue reading

Bottles vs Pitchers

Last weeks post focused on throwing a bottle and the possibilities that that shape had. Today I’ll go into finishing the shape and how to make it into a pitcher. The important thing to note is that what makes a pitcher different than a bottle is 1 thing, a spout. Another feature that cements the … Continue reading

Glazing, the elephant in the room

Once a session I give a long glaze lecture to my class at Choplet. I say a lecture, because that’s really what I do. I don’t just show how to stir glaze and dip pieces I really try to breakdown how to be successful with glazing. That’s what I want to go over with you … Continue reading

The Dreaded Attaching of Handles

Last weeks post was dedicated to the different ways one could make a handle. This week I’m going to give you my method on how to attach the handle. I derived this method from techniques and tips I learned from Nadiege Choplet and Natalia Martinez.  This method will work for any style handle that you … Continue reading

Can’t handle making handles

Let’s talk about making mugs, more specifically the handles. For years I avoided making mugs, simply because I found making handles to be a major pain in the ass. The main reason for this is that I was taught to pull handles, which is a viable method, but not necessarily the easiest, best or more … Continue reading