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Published Nov 11, 2022

swirly_620Swirlware, a traditional form of pottery made in the Catawba Valley of North Carolina in the early 1900s, is made by combining contrasting clay bodies when throwing. Michael Kline makes swirlware and other historical North Carolina pottery forms, but puts his own contemporary touch on the work.

In today’s video, an excerpt from his video The Brush & The Wheel, Michael demonstrates two ways to make swirlware cups using a red clay body and a porcelain. This clip got me thinking about trying it out with clays colored with commercial stains too. Think of the possibilities! –Jennifer Poellot Harnetty, editor


This clip was excerpted from The Brush & The Wheel, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Network Shop!

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**First published in 2015.