Learning Pottery with Videos and Workshops

Learning pottery at the wheel can be really difficult. It takes good eye hand coordination and lots of patience. Students learning pottery these days have plenty of information at their finger tips through Instagram, Youtube and Facebook. When I was learning back in the 1980’s we had books.

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How to make a Lid from an Enclosed Form on the Potters Wheel

How do you make a lid from an enclosed form on the potters wheel? This is a question I get asked often when people see my salt cellars and sugar jars. I've made a new "Quick Pottery" video on the first step to making the enclosed form.

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Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail

The annual Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail is a tour of nine studios with over 20 nationally recognized potters. Easily reached from Boston, Hartford, and the Albany area, the free, self-guided tour winds along the beautiful back roads and scenic historic towns of the Asparagus Valley, a local name for the upper Connecticut River valley of western Massachusetts.

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Handmade Mug with Topper

I discovered something by mistake, (which often happens:)... I made these little dipping dishes for soy sauce, olive oil etc, but found another use for them as a mug topper!

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Citrus Juicers

One of my customers asked me if I juice lots of citrus fruit. Not really I said, mainly just for Margaritas! It's just that I love the challenge of making difficult forms such as citrus juicers.

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The Cost of a Dinner Out... vs. the Price of a Handmade Mug

You and a friend walk into a potter's studio, or a shop that sells handmade goods. You gravitate to the beautifully crafted porcelain mug... it is quiet just like you like your mornings. It's light green celadon color is deliciously soft looking, and has a translucent quality about it. You pick it up... oh so comfortable. You look at the price, and you put it back down, and say to yourself, I can't spend $45 on a mug.

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This Pottery Studio is Partially Run by the Sun

As a potter I use quite a bit of electricity to fire my kilns, and that bothers me.  I've always wished I could fire my kilns from the power of the sun using photovoltaics... but thought it was impossible since a kiln fires for about 15 hours using a great deal of electricity during that time period.

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