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In this video, Liz Zlot Summerfield demonstrates her technique for handbuilding pedestals for her salt and pepper shakers. Putting your work on a pedestal is a great way to make it function—as a decorative object—even when not in use! Have a look, and if you are interested in learning more about Liz's handbuilding and decorating processes, check out Handbuilt Forms with Soft Slabs, also on CLAYflicks!

Total runtime: 8:47

About the Author

Liz Zlot Summerfield

Liz Zlot Summerfield earned her M.F.A in ceramics from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and her B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has been a visiting artist and teacher at numerous clay facilities, colleges, and universities. Her work is exhibited nationally through exhibitions, galleries, and fine craft shows. Currently, Liz resides in Western North Carolina with her husband, Scott Summerfield, and their daughter, Roby. Both are fulltime artists working from their studios located at their home in Bakersville. To learn more, please visit www.lzspottery.com.
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