Darted & Decorated with Jennifer Allen

In this video, Jennifer Allen demonstrates her techniques for creating her beautiful porcelain pots. Jennifer begins the video as she began her personal exploration of form: by making simple alterations on wheel thrown forms, pointing out that interesting forms can be developed using the simplest of studio tools that every potter has in their tool box. She moves on to her primary method of altering clay forms by demonstrating her single-pointed and double-pointed darting techniques on thrown pieces. Then she demonstrates how her darting techniques can be applied to handbuilt forms as well. For each project, she also shares her decorating techniques, from the greenware stage all the way through the glaze. By the end of the video, you’ll be ready to slice and dice, bend and fold, and paint and carve your way to fresh new forms and surfaces!

Runtime: approximately 2 hours, 12 minutes

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Chapter 1 – Altering Cups
Chapter 2 – Decorating Cups
Chapter 3 – Altering Plates
Chapter 4 – Decorating Plates
Chapter 5 – Making a Pitcher
Chapter 6 – Decorating the Pitcher
Chapter 7 – Making a Syrup Pitcher
Chapter 8 – Decorating the Syrup Pitcher
Chapter 9 – Making a Butter Dish
Chapter 10 – Decorating the Butter Dish

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Jennifer Allen

About the Artist

Jennifer Allen earned her BFA (2002) from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and her MFA (2006) from Indiana University, Bloomington. In March 2008, the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) named her a National Emerging Artist. Jennifer was the recipient of the 2006–2007 Taunt Fellowship at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. She is currently a member of an online collective of ceramic artists called Objective Clay ( In addition to keeping a home studio, she currently teaches ceramics at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. To learn more about Jennifer Allen, please visit


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