Gesture Drawing for Ceramic Artists

A Primer for Preparing to Draw Gestural Images on Clay

Gesture Drawing for Ceramic Artists

It seems like about a hundred years since I took a drawing class in college and so I don’t feel especially confident in my drawing abilities. But when we filmed a video with ceramic artist Mel Griffin in Montana, I really wanted to give drawing on pots another try. Mel reminded me that it’s all about learning how to break down images into shapes, and of course: practice, practice, practice.

So in today’s post, an excerpt from Mel’s video Gestural Imagery and Form, I am sharing an excellent clip in which Mel walks through her sketching process when preparing to draw on pots. While there is no clay in this clip, it was a great little refresher course for me and I hope you enjoy it too! – Jennifer Poellot Harnetty, editor.


This clip was excerpted from Gestural Imagery and Form, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Network Shop!

Gesture Drawing for Ceramic ArtistsTo learn more about Mel Griffin or to see more image of her work, please visit

**First published in 2016.
  • Beverly H.

    OMG! This is fantastic! Mel, you are such a good teacher and are so fun! Will you be my new BFF? LOL
    I rarely buy DVDs, because I have stacks that I rarely watch (except for Sumi’s), but, I HAD to order this one. It’s exactly what I want to try on my pottery. I love the gestural impressions around the drawing. Mel’s tips while drawing are so helpful. I can’t wait to try drawing and impressing our granddoggies, whom I love to photograph because of their postures and expressions. I also enjoy photographing unique shapes, colors, and textures in nature and would love to capture them on 3D clay forms. Thanks, Mel!
    Wish me luck!?

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