Pottery Decorating Video: Making Beautiful Marks on Pottery with Fluting, Carving and Painting with Wax

Decorating the surface of pottery is arguably just as enjoyable as creating the form and there are endless variations on how to approach ceramic surface decoration. That is one of the most exciting things about this art form.


Today, Robin Hopper, draws from his many years of experience to present a handful of pottery decorating techniques. in today’s video clip, which is excerpted from his two-disc DVD collection Making Marks (a video adaptation of his popular book), Robin demonstrates some great fluting, sgraffito and wax resist painting techniques. Have a look! – Jennifer Poellot Harnetty, editor.





  • Hello Robin. I am interested in ur wax technique. what colour u r using for the colouring the pot. Is ur pot already bisque or still greenware.Due i am very new in ceramic, so I would like to learn. YOu can email me at syasya2005@yahoo.com.
    Thank you in advance.
    From malaysia

  • mmmmm Robin u have very creative hand which i adored it. I am new in ceramic. I like your way and idea applying the scratch on the pot.may i ask you what kind of wax u apply on the clay pot. does it melt when firing. this new to me. i enjoy it. You r welcome to see my very first work in nepenthesborneo.multiply.com. I am from malaysia. i would like to share and ur comment too. making mistake make me alert to learn more

  • Vonda K.

    Robin, I am a student of Shirley Freed here in IN and she sings your praises and now I know why! A great demonstration, clearly stated and now I will see if I can simplify it to my beginning abilities. Thanks.

  • Karen M.

    Even though I can’t afford it now. It’s wonderful to learn new things! Thank you very much!
    Karen M.

  • Charmaine W.

    Interesting….would have loved an ending shot of the fired final product. Thank you…..

  • Shelley D.

    That was very absorbing. I can’t wait to try it. I’m a new potter and can’t believe the great possibilities that appear. Very exciting. Thank you.


  • Jharnetty@ceramics.org H.

    Kathie – It could be that an incomplete version of the video is stuck in your browser’s cache. Try clearing your browser’s cache. If clearing your browser’s cache doesn’t solve the problem, you might want to check the stability of your internet connection. An unstable internet connection could be a reason for which the video will not load or buffer completely. You’ll need a broadband connection with at least 500+Kbps for the best viewing experience. Good luck! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor

  • Kathie B.

    The exerpt indicates that it is 6 min, 58 sec long, but stops after about 3 minutes, just as Robin is demonstrating sgrafito. Any way to be able to see the rest of the demo?

    I definitely plan to get the video.


  • Janice A.

    Always a pleasure to watch Robin Hopper. His information is always well explained and presented in such a manner that is easy with some practice to achieve successful results.


    Jan Ahlig

  • Thank you for this excellent demonstration. I am truly amazed by how well you explain things. Thank you

  • Very good demonstration! You explained it perfectly so I really didn’t have any questions and feel I can try the technique with confidence. Thanks. I will be purchasing either book or videos. Keep posting these short clips as they are a great teaching tool.


  • Susan J.

    Thank you for the wonderful ideas. I do a lot of free-hand carving and enhancing of my pottery and am always looking for new techniques. As soon as I sell more, I will purchase the DVD. In the meantime I will try the wax technique, and have some ideas for incorporating it into my work!

    Suzi Nolt-John

  • Baba S.

    I can’t tell you how much I enjoy watching these video clips. I hope that one day I will be able to attend one of your workshops,(come on down to south Alabama or Mississippi) Until then, I definitely need to get these videos or the book.
    Baba Scaturro

  • Jan P.

    thankyou Robbin you are a very good at explaining all.
    It looks as though youve done these more than once,
    there is a great following of these videos here in nz.
    Thankyou Mr expert. jan

  • thank you for teaching this kind of designed, which i needed for my teaching.. i would like to buy your DVD’s but my salary is just enough to sustained my children necessity. Even this small portion of you teaching will be great help so my trainees will be able to learned more on designed in pottery. We use red clay.Thank you so much!!! a knowledge is better than gold! More power & God bless.
    Pricila of Zamboanga City Mindanao Philippines.

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