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

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

An interesting detour

So I meant to do a post about making lids today, but fate has interceded. (Forgive the grand eloquence I’ve been on a Netflix series Borgia binge). Any way, I’ve taken on a sub contract for a large commission. Luckily, the commission requires that I make the pieces with slip casting, something that I am … 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

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

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

Finishing steps that won’t f%&k up your pot

This will be the last post on what I would consider the essential techniques you need as a wheel thrower. Today I will be discussing how to finish a pot and take it off the wheel at the most basic level. After this, posts will be focused on making specific shapes or solving specific problems. … Continue reading

Proper Preparation

(Make sure to come back to this blog post as I will be adding photos and videos in the future.) So, we have now gotten past the mental aspects of wheel throwing and are now entering the actual physical act. However, before we get to throwing amazing cups, bowls and vases, you first need to … Continue reading

You’ve got to respect the process

(This is my last preface post about the “mental game” of pottery. Feel free to look back at previous posts to get caught up) One of the biggest ceramic piece killers is lack of patience. The other is expecting instant perfection. One could say they go hand in hand. Ultimately, its because the potter either doesn’t … Continue reading

Creating a System and Finding a Rhythm

Part 3 of my preface on the “mental game” of pottery In my previous post I discussed how to be mentally prepare before you sit down at the wheel and start throwing. You can read it here: Know what you want to make In full disclosure that’s only step 1 in becoming a better wheel … Continue reading