Sketch & Stretch with Chandra DeBuse

In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Video Series, Chandra DeBuse shares her techniques for constructing and decorating playful pottery. Using molds and templates made from bisqued clay, wood, and craft foam, Chandra demonstrates three unique forms based on sketched shapes: a scoop, nesting dishes, and a thrown and altered yunomi. Chandra shows how to take advantage of the clay’s malleability, contrasting pillowy volume with the beautiful lines created by the molds and templates. She also shares her surfacing and glazing techniques for creating colorful, illustrated pieces, demonstrating inlaid lines with underglaze, as well as sgraffito and brushwork. Plus, she shows how you can combine all three using wax resist. By the conclusion, you will have picked up skills and ideas for creating personal pottery forms with colorful, layered surfaces.

Runtime: approximately 1 hour, 55 minutes

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Chapter 1 – Making a Drop-Mold Scoop
Chapter 2 – Nesting Dishes
Chapter 3 – Making a Yunomi
Chapter 4 – Decorating
Chapter 5 – Sgraffito
Chapter 6 – Glazing

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Chandra DeBuse

About the Artist

Chandra DeBuse discovered her love for functional pottery in 1998 at a community pottery studio, Down Under Pottery in Lincoln, Nebraska. She then studied at Penland School of Crafts and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln before getting my MFA from the University of Florida in 2010. Chandra has completed artist residencies at the Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Forida, and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. In 2012, she established her own studio in Kansas City, Missouri, and has been making pots there ever since. That same year, Chandra was named one of six emerging artists at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Conference in Seattle, Washington. To learn more about Chandra DeBuse, please visit

  • Donna F.

    Thank you so very much for this video. You answered so many of my questions. I have really been exploring surface design. This video is amazing. Bravo!!!

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