Handbuilding with Color & Texture with Lana Wilson

In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video series, the one-and-only Lana Wilson shares her handbuilding and decorating techniques for colorful, energetic, and playful pots. In addition to the selection of fast, easy, high-success projects demonstrated, you’ll love Lana’s sense of humor and laidback approach to clay. Believing that “you should never listen too much to a teacher,” Lana encourages play and experimentation throughout the video.

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Lana Wilson

About the Artist

Lana Wilson is a studio potter living in Berkeley, California. She has given more than 100 workshops on handbuilding at renowned institutions including Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, Mendocino Art Center, and Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts. Lana has been featured in Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated magazines, and she writes a column for Clay Times magazine. Her work has been in more than 185 exhibitions and appears in numerous books. She is the author of Ceramics: Shape and Surface, which includes extensive cone 6 and cone 04 electric glazes she has developed. To learn more about Lana Wilson, please visit

  • Mrs V.king T.

    I am so glad I have discovered your beautiful work, Lana- I have been so uninspired lately and suddenly I am excited again. Thank you so much!! I have been in a stuck place, and I did not even realise it until I saw your videos and that amazing technique with paper clay. Although I have played with it in the past- made my own stoneware paper clay I have never used coloured slips in this way and you make it look so easy. Love your work.

  • Do you put a clear glaze over the top of the final piece? What cone do you fire at? Love your work! Thank you!

  • isabel m.

    I’ve already subscribed. What do I have to do to see the full-length videos?
    I just get this in reduced form! Thank you for helping me
    Isabel Magalhaes

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