Beginner | 2 hours
Taught by Linda Fahey
For many aspiring potters, the most daunting task is setting up a home studio. Linda Fahey shows you just how easy it is to get your workspace set up and provides options for more minimalist makers. Once your studio is set up, learn how to prep your clay and make slip, then you’re ready to start hand-building pots. Linda demonstrates three hand-building methods: pinch pots, coiled forms, and slab-built forms. When you’re done making pots, learn how to properly store them for the next stage. 
 
Learn how to:
  • Set up a home studio
  • Wedge clay and make slip
  • Make vessels using pinching technique, coils, and slabs
  • Clean up your pots and refine their shape
  • Store finished pots and clean up space

Chapters
01:19
Pinch Pot, Slab, and Coil Forms
00:50
02:08
Getting Started
02:29
Working With Clay
06:02
Creating Forms: Pots
07:57
13:42
11:24
Clean Up
12:46
06:55
Materials
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • 25lb bag of clay (Linda suggests B-Mix cone 5/6 midfire with sand)
  • Sponge
  • Wire tool
  • 3 ribs (serrated, non-serrated, and rubber)
  • Dust mask
  • Small utility knife
  • Scraping tool
  • Smoothing tool
  • Rasp
  • Rolling pin or PVC pipe
  • Thin sheets of plastic (dry-cleaning plastic is ideal)
  • Spray bottle
  • Sealable containers with lids
  • Two ¼” wooden dowels
  • Wet towel
  • 3" biscuit cutter
  • Rinse bucket
  • Small slip brush
  • Apron (optional)
  • Discussion
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    Hand-Built Ceramics
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    Part 1:
    Hand-Built Ceramics: Pinch Pot, Slab, and Coil Forms
    Linda Fahey
    For many aspiring potters, the most daunting task is setting up a home studio. Linda Fahey shows you just how easy it is to get your workspace set up and provides options for more minimalist makers. Once your studio is set up, learn how to prep your clay and make slip, then you’re ready to start hand-building pots. Linda demonstrates three hand-building methods: pinch pots, coiled forms, and slab-built forms. When you’re done making pots, learn how to properly store them for the next stage. 
     
    Part 2:
    Hand-Built Ceramics: Creating and Attaching Handles
    Linda Fahey
    Now that you know how to make vessels using the three basic techniques (pinch, coil and slab), transform your pots into functional cups by adding handles. Linda shows you how to form and shape handles from coils and then trim them to fit the style and shape of your cup. You’ll learn how to attach the handles using a scoring and slip method to create three stylish versions.
    Part 3:
    Hand-Built Ceramics: Introduction to Glazing
    Linda Fahey
    Now that you have created your beautiful ceramic pieces, it’s time to learn how to glaze and finish them. Linda shows two methods for applying glaze—brushing and dipping—and also talks about the variations in color that can occur with different clay bodies. Once you know how to successfully apply glaze, you'll be ready to experiment with color and glazing on your own.
     
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