How to Make an Interesting Recessed Foot on a Mug

If you are someone who likes to combine throwing and handbuilding to make interesting forms, today’s video is for you. In this clip from Deborah Schwartzkopf’s Pieces and Patterns: Complex Forms from Handbuilt and Wheel-Thrown Parts, she demonstrates how she makes the super cool bottoms of her cup forms with a slab and a bisque fired mold. She then skillfully attaches the base to a bottomless wheel-thrown cylinder, which she then darts and alters to make the shape just right. The best part about this is that once you make the bisque mold for the recessed foot, you can repeat it over and over again!


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Learn more about Deb Schwartzkopf’s Pieces and Patterns: Complex Forms from Handbuilt and Wheel-Thrown Parts.



For more fabulous forming techniques, be sure to download your free copy of Five Great Handbuilding Techniques: Variations on Classic Techniques for Making Contemporary Handbuilt Pottery.

  • Nice presentation Deb. You have a very comfortable teaching style.
    Well done!

  • Merci pour cette video, je comprends pas très bien l’anglais, mais les images suffisent largement à comprendre
    votre technique . Très bon enseignement .

  • Does the inside of the cup have a little mountain in the bottom, from where it was pushed into the mold to form the foot? It would be nice to see the inside of the mug!
    Very good video with the close ups of your hands shaping, slipping, and ribbing.

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