Making a Pitcher with Simon Levin

In this video, Simon Levin demonstrates how he makes pitchers on the wheel from start to finish. He starts by throwing a tall cylinder, then textures and plumps it out. After that, he moves on to the spout and handle. All along the way, Simon shares his expert insights into setting up formal relationships that make strong cohesive forms.

Runtime: Approximately 28 minutes

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Simon Levin

About the Artist

Simon Levin has been working in clay since 1990, when an elective ceramics course in college changed the direction of his life, leading to an M.A. and an M.F.A from the University of Iowa. He is a full time studio potter working exclusively with wood firing. His award winning work is exhibited internationally, and appears in several contemporary ceramic books. Simon is a writer for many ceramic journals, and in 2013 he traveled to Taiwan as a Senior Fulbright scholar researching local materials. As a kiln builder Simon has built wood fired kilns for both US colleges and universities as well as schools in Taiwan and China. Between 2005 and 2018 his apprenticeship program started has trained and influenced 17 young potters. A resident of Wisconsin for 18 years, Simon has recently moved to Pawnee, Illinois, where he is currently re-establishing his pottery. To learn more about him or see more images of his work, please visit

  • Donna H.

    I really enjoyed Simon’s take on the form of the pitcher matching shapes throughout! But that music really caught my ear and I wanted to hear more. It wasn’t mentioned in the credits. Can you tell me where I can find out more?

    • Jennifer H.

      Hi Donna,
      We use to purchase music for our videos. This piece is called Apocalypse Blues and is composed by Jeremy Sherman.
      Glad you like it!

  • Diane U.

    I just really loved how Simon Levin does not take himself too seriously ; the tone of his teaching reminds us to NOT lose sight of the joy of throwing clay, which, for me, is what it’s all about. Sometimes I get a little to much the perfectionist & I need a reminder like this. Thank you & Well done!

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