Simply Ornate with Blair Clemo

In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video series, A. Blair Clemo shares his unconventional pottery making techniques, which combine handbuilding, press molding, and wheel throwing. The building blocks of Blair’s work are two different types of plaster press molds: first a decorative mold that yields an ornamental patty or strip of clay to build from; and second, form molds, into which clay is pressed to create a volumetric form. After first explaining his simple process for making both types of molds, Blair presents a number of projects showing the various ways he combines these press-molded elements with wheel throwing and handbuilding to create beautiful and unique functional pottery. This video will get your creative wheels rolling as you envision the possibilities with this unorthodox building system. Warning: May cause “oohs” and “ahhs!”

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Runtime: Approximately  3 hours


Part 1:
Chapter 1 – Molds
Chapter 2 – Making a Vase
Chapter 3 – Making a Jar

Part 2:
Chapter 4 – Coil Building with Strip Molds
Chapter 5 – Coffee Pot
Bonus – Coffee Pot Body
Bonus – Making a Saucer

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Blair Clemo

About the Artist

Blair Clemo is a potter and assistant professor of craft and material studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. He earned his MFA in ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University in 2010. Originally from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Clemo spent many years out west studying ceramics and working at small production potteries in Idaho and Montana. He has been an artist in residence at The Northern Clay Center (Minneapolis, MN), the Da Wang Culture Highland (Shenzhen, China), the Zentrum für Keramik (Berlin, Germany), and The International Ceramics Studio (Kecskemét, Hungary). Clemo’s utilitarian and installation work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions both nationally and abroad. To learn more about Blair Clemo, please visit

  • Chrissy K.

    I love this artist! These are great videos—although the random insertion of loud music over his speaking is unfortunate. I would suggest, if I many, to just remove the music track altogether as it is just distracts from his presentation… or work on the timing of it as it seams it’s meant to be a transition.

  • Sherril B.

    Excellent video! How do I save or keep a list of watched videos to come back to. Like a library?

    • Hi Sherril, we are working on a solution to saving your videos, but for now you’ll have to save it as a bookmark on your browser. – CAN Staff

  • Caroline O.

    I learned more from you in this video series than I have in a whole semester of 2nd year ceramics at college. Your work is beautiful and thoughtful and one of a kind.

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