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

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

When Glazing goes Wrong

In last weeks post I gave simple and direct guidelines on how to glaze. Following, them should solve a lot of basic glaze problems as well as set you on a path for continued glazing success. That being said, in the words of my father, “shit happens!” So, in that event here are your options … 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

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

How to make a bowl, without F%&king up

Hi there, last week I went over typical problems you might have while making your bowls and ways to unfuck them. Today I am going to walk you through how to make a bowl step by step. Once I am done, you should be able to make bowls with ease, or at least understand how … Continue reading

How to unF%&k your bowls

As promised in last weeks post, this week I will begin moving on to product specific lessons. This week will be bowls. I am going to start not with specific instructions on how to make a bowl, but rather with solutions to problems you may already be having. Bowls are one of the more intuitive shapes … 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