The Stroke and The Splash with Sam Scott

In this video, Sam Scott shares his two signature surface decoration techniques: Beautiful brushwork with various oxides, and a unique black-and-white pouring technique. All along the way he presents tips and tricks for glazing success that he has developed throughout his 45 years in clay.

Runtime: approximately 1 hour, 40 minutes

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Chapter 1 – Black & White Pour Technique
Chapter 2 – Double Dip Glazing
Chapter 3 – Making Brushes
Chapter 4 – Brushwork

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Sam Scott

About the Artist

Sams Scott’s interest in ceramics began in high school with a pottery class in 1968. He graduated in 1975 with a BFA from the University of Washington. Scotts work has been featured in books and magazines as well as galleries, most notably at the Bellevue Art Museum and the Smithsonian Institution. To learn more about Sam Scott and see more images of his work, please visit

  • Beatrice E.

    Sam, you are an excellent teacher. You make it look so easy and fun. This is where the work begins…..

  • Roslyn M.

    I’d love to make my own brushes – but I have no idea in the UK where to get the fur! I was really interested in the recipe for the oxide wash – are the other colours made in similar way?

  • Ruweida S.

    What a fantastic video! Your discourse was extremely revealing and thought provoking. I wanted to ask, is it normal to paint the oxide over the transparent glaze? I am a new hobby potter and was under the impression that oxide slips go directly on bisqued pieces and then the transparent goes on top. Thanks again for sharing!

  • Sam, I appreciate your thorough explanations. That detail captures the intricacies of the lesson and your rich experience.

  • Brilliant video boosted with experience and great tips. Love the brushwork. Have enjoyed every second of the movie. Thanks a million!

  • Katherine N.

    Fantastic – I’d been feeling bogged down and uninspired for surface work, and Mr. Scott’s approach as well as his clearly explained techniques has me excited to try some new things. Thank you!

  • Kathleen M.

    Very rich in depth information and techniques. Mr. Scott patiently explains his processes and rationale very clearly. This is a very valuable video for me. Thank you for the presentation.

  • An excellent video, I have spent time scribbling notes, reminders about techniques, the need to practise for expertise and gaining ideas. A real antidote to lock down in the UK. Many thanks .

  • Melissa W.

    I wish all the videos were this engaging and done as well. Thank you! Can’t wait to try to build my own brushes… wondering how my horses’ tails will work… hmmmm

    • Thanks for your kind words Melissa. Good idea, I have one myself. It will make an interesting, repeatable mark, particularly on larger forms.

  • Reader L.

    Just spent a wonderful! Sunday morning watching Sam Scott’s video. It was so full of new ideas and techniques that were presented clearly with very good camera angles. Thank you all 🙂

  • William C.

    Wow. This is such an informative and helpful video. As usual, professional and well thought out demonstrations by Mr. Scott. This video alone is worth the price of my Clayflicks membership. Thanks Sam, for opening up your process and techniques to us. You are an inspiration to all of us in the ceramic community.

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