Part Sculpture – Part Function with Jerilyn Virden

Want to make beautiful functional pots that could also be described as sculpture for the tabletop? In Part Sculpture – Part Function: Handbuilding Graceful Minimalist Forms, Jerilyn Virden shares her techniques for creating functional pots with a sculptural bent. If you’ve been wanting to explore a more sculptural approach to functional pottery, Jerilyn is the perfect teacher!

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Jerilyn Virden

About the Artist

Jerilyn Virden is a studio artist living in Greensboro, Vermont. She was an artist-in-residence at Penland School of Crafts from 2001–2004 and remained in that community for 10 years. In 2006, she received a North Carolina Arts Fellowship Grant. She earned an MFA from Southern Methodist University in 2001, a BFA from West Virginia University in 1997, and studied abroad at the Jingdezhen Ceramic Art Institute in China. Before attending graduate school, she completed a two–year assistantship at the studio of Silvie Granatelli, in Floyd, Virginia. To learn more about Jerilyn Virden and see more images of her work, please visit

  • Just a question, why two pinched pots like that , why not use a solid ball of clay in the same shape and smooth as needed?

    • Hi Nancy, that is certainly a way to build if you choose, just remember that you shouldn’t fire the solid ball of clay in the kiln. You will need to hollow it out to prevent blow-ups in the kiln. A general rule of thumb is most clay should be no more than 1/2-inch thick (sometimes 3/4-inch). That’s not to say you can’t have super thick clay, it is just not recommended. The piece would also be exceptionally heavy if it was built solid and not hollowed out. – CAN Staff

  • Louise C.

    Thank you for sharing – I have been trying to move towards more sculptural approaches and this has opened a door. Much appreciated.

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