Handbuilding Modular Forms with Scott Dooley

In Handbuilding Modular Forms with Stiff Slabs, Scott Dooley shares his technique for creating brightly colored modular vessels using altered slabs and a minimum of tools. Scott demonstrates how he mixes and matches conical and cylindrical slab-built parts to construct an energetic teapot and a sculptural joined vase form. Then he explains how he creates an aged metallic patina using copper wash and just one base glaze with various colorants. If you’re looking to start handbuilding or searching for an expressive variation of ho-hum slab work, this is the video for you!

Runtime: Approximately 1 hour, 40 minutes

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Chapter 1 – Slabs and Components
Chapter 2 – Sticky Slip
Chapter 3 – Teapot
Chapter 4 – Bottle Form
Chapter 5 – Glazing
Bonus – Alternative Teapot

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Scott Dooley

About the Artist

Scott Dooley graduated from Bethel College in 1993 with majors in History, Philosophy, and German. Having discovered clay as a senior, he proceeded to work for a production potter for one year and then moved to Arizona where he attended Arizona State University and pursued art. In 2000, he graduated with his Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Kansas State University, where he studied with Yoshiro Ikeda. His artwork has been exhibited throughout the United States, and internationally in Spain, Switzerland, Australia, South Africa, China, and more. He also has been featured in Ceramics Monthly, Pottery Making Illustrated, and Ceramics: Art and Perception, among other publications. In 2005, the Ohio Arts Council awarded him an Individual Artist Fellowship. Dooley is currently an Associate Professor of Art and Chair of the Art Department at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.


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