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

Carving a double wall vessel

When last I spoke about double wall vessels, it was primarily about how to make them and suggestions on what you can do with them. Suggestions are all well and good, but it occurred to me that some examples and demonstrations were in order. So I filmed myself carving some of the double wall pieces … 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