How to Unf@4k Your Pot Ep 3

A new episode of How to Unf@4k Your pot is out. It covers trimming and decoration. Here is where you can see it and a list of corresponding blogs: TRIMMING YOUR F$%KING BOWL UNF$%KING YOUR TRIMMING OK, YOU’VE MADE A BOWL…NOW WHAT?   I hope it helps you in your ceramics education. Become a patron and help … Continue reading

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

Let’s talk about your hands

Obviously, its winter time. As I write there is a powerful blizzard is assaulting the north east, blanketing us with snow. Now if you’re like me, pottery is in your blood and you work with clay no matter the weather of the temperature. Also if you’re like me, you find that the skin on your … 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

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

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

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

What to do with a closed form

In last week’s post, I discussed making a closed form vessel and gave some reasons why you’d make one and what could be made. This week I’ll give a little how to on one of the options, a custom lid jar. Before that, I’d like to mention that 4 blog posts last month were featured … 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