Functional Art: How to Make a Vase that is Like Sculpture for the Table Top

A Great Functional Art Idea for the Tabletop


Jerilyn Virden makes sculpture and functional pottery, but there is some crossover between the two. Many of her functional pieces could hold their own as sculpture, but are also perfectly capable of performing the function of holding or containing something.

In today’s video, an excerpt from her video Part Sculpture – Part Function: Handbuilding Graceful Minimalist Forms, Jerilyn shows how she makes what she calls a puzzle vase. Sure, you could make a regular old vase, but this vase becomes an interactive conversation piece that is truly an example of functional art. – Jennifer Poellot Harnetty, editor.

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This clip was excerpted from Part Sculpture – Part Function: Handbuilding Graceful Minimalist Forms, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Network Shop!

To learn more about Jerilyn Virden or to see more images of her work, please visit

**First published in 2016.
  • Environ M.

    Appreciate for uploading a tutorial on making artifacts easily at home. The whole thing was discussed in a very simple and easy manner.

  • Shirley Z.

    Thanks for a great tutorial…what are you using to work on? I see a board but don’t know what it’s made of.

    • Hi Shirley, Jerilyn is building on top of a drywall board. The edges are taped to prevent contamination of her clay.

  • Margaret W.

    unfortunately in Australia so cannot attend tutorials but looking forward to receiving DVD’s from this wonderful tutor

  • Peggy B.

    Thanks for sharing that tutorial. So elegant and simple.
    I was lucky to have attended a weeklong workshop with Jerilyn and I learned so much!
    She’s a wonderful intructor.

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