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Mitch Lyons on Cylinders and Coloured Clay

Mitch Lyons’ DVD, Handbuilding with Mitch Lyons, can be enjoyed on many levels, from his “broomstick” technique for making weird and wonderful cylinders and his use of textures and coloured slips and clays for decoration, to his efficient methods and workspace and even the way that the video was produced. To make his cylinders, Lyons […]

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Wheel Throwing with Nan Rothwell, worth the price?

Wheel Throwing with Nan Rothwell consists of a series of project-based instructional sessions that starts with cylinders and bowls and moves on to more specialized work such as a berry bowl, a sushi set, a two-piece pitcher, an oval utensil holder and a lamp base. Rothwell also shows some creative ways to use a wiggle […]

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DAY 1: Nicaraguan Journal

Potters for Peace is an NGO that works with sub­sis­tence pot­ters in Nicaragua and once a year they orga­nize a “brigade” of peo­ple, usu­ally pot­ters, from other coun­tries (mostly North America) who travel through the Nicaraguan coun­try­side to visit small pot­ter­ies there. I have travelled on the brigade twice, and both journeys were unfor­get­table. This […]

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Nooks and crannies can be evil

I tried out a couple of these little jugs with the idea that this might be a design that some of my potter friends in Nicaragua could use. The potters there have few tools and they wood-fire at a low temperature because they cannot afford to use a lot of wood or any electricity. Burnishing […]

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