Bonus Video! How to Decorate Pottery in the Pennsylvania Redware Style

Greetings from North Carolina! Yes, the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video team is in Bakersville filming a couple of DVDs this week, to debut later this year. This area is so rich with both contemporary and historical pottery and we have been having a great time.


But in today’s post, I am presenting a bonus video highlighting a historical pottery technique from another part of the country. In today’s post, Denise Wilz demonstrates how she makes pottery in the Pennsylvania Redware style – one of the oldest pottery techniques in the United States and it combines sgraffito and slip decoration. Enjoy! Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


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  • Denise W.

    Thank you for your kind comments and I do love creating Redware. The molds in the video are from Bamboo Tools ( I also use my own bisque molds for drape molding and china bowls as slump molds.
    The coggle wheel – I took a 1 ¼” piece from a 1” thick dowel and notched it with a dremel tool. The handle was made from a thin 6” length of wood, connecting the 2 with a long screw, washer and nut. You can also use a small wooden wallpaper seam roller and notch it.

  • Frank F.

    Shawn George. Please contact me about the coggle wheel. I too would like to purchase one. ffferri “at”

    Thank you!!


  • Barbara L.

    Very informative. I am relatively new to pottery and am always looking forward to new ideals on how to create and finish my pieces. Thank you.

  • It seems that the narration may have been added after the video which makes it very clear & flowing with no hesitations or extraneous “ums”.

  • Shawn G.

    Nice video of Denise’s work. I liked seing the finished plates! I have been looking for a coggle wheel like that for years!! Can you tell me where it came from? I was cureous about glazing. If the glaze isnt clear, wouldn’t it muddle the slip colour? Thank you for this informative video.

  • Jean B.

    Thank you for a most inspiring and well filmed video. Did you make those molds yourself? Very practical.

  • Tracy W.

    Love the video. Must try that slip trailing idea. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work.

  • SARAH K.

    Great video and explanation of this technique. Denise, it is apparent you love working with clay and appreciate the history behind it. Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Amy M.

    Excellent, very informative video. I’ve wanted to know more about this Redware technique for quite a while, but seems to be hard to find precise information on it. Thanks for sharing it.

  • Denise E.

    Loved the video of Denise Wilz demonstrating Pennsylvania Redware style pottery. The video was thorough, concise, easy to follow. Thank you so much for a such a great video.

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