Bonus Monday Pottery Video: Making Pottery Using Slabs, Coils and Textured Paddles

<br /> I’m taking a (much needed!) day off today, Ceramic Arts Daily readers, and I plan to spend it in the studio! But I didn’t want to leave you hanging, so I thought I would send out a bonus Monday pottery video.


This video comes from CAD reader Patricia Bridges. In the video, Patricia makes a slab and coil built pot, then creates texture on it with bamboo paddles. She finishes off with a lovely glaze that enhances the texture. Enjoy and have a good Monday! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.



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  • Jenny S.

    Fantastic and inspiring…off to play with clay now. Thanks for sharing.

  • felicia r.

    me encanta su tecnica es muy cincera y preciosa

  • Alex I.

    Very clear video. The result was beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  • Recently I used a cooking oil to burnish a bone dry pot and the school cat licked the clay untill only the grog was left! It was really funny. Thanks for this demo – will try it out.

  • Patrcia B.

    BRIDGES HERE – THANK YOU ALL for the great comments!

  • Valli L.

    Great video! And a beautiful pot – let me re-iterate what several have said and say thank you for showing the process all the way many times we want to see the end product and are disappointed.

  • Eva A.

    Sorry, no video to be seen?! Please check, I would love to see it. Thanks. Eva

  • Loretta P.

    Why am I not getting the videos?

  • What’s WD 40? Just kidding! 😉 Seriously, why don’t people read previous comments before asking the same questions over and over? “Pam” has been explained like six times now. Maybe this will give future video-makers pause before using brand names to describe what they’re using.

  • John T.

    Very nice video. I really appreciate seeing how others make their pottery. I am going to try it for myself. Thanks!

  • Jan M.

    This demo was sooo clear and well videoed. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks.

  • Siobhan O.

    It is possible that WD 40 might work also in place of pam oil as a resist. I have not actually tried this myself but I think I have heard others talk about using it when trying to place clay over stones.


    Wonderful! The video was clear, the close ups were of enormous help and the voice over made things doubly clear. Thank you so much for sharing your methods and for doing it in such a terrific way. I use many of the techniques you demonstrated and now have so much more to try. I’ve learned a great deal and look forward to even more from you.

  • Pamela S.

    Beautifully produced video! Wonderful demo. Thank you.

  • Barbara F.

    Great video to share with my students. There were so many helpful idea demonstrated.
    Thank You.

  • I never thought coil built pot can be this beautiful !!!

  • Subscriber T.

    sorry very liitle information no video

  • Subscriber T.

    Loved the demo, I want to show my students the video when August rolls around.

  • Victory G.

    You have a magic touch and thank you for sharing this with those of us in the NW. I too would like to know about the paddles and large extruder.

    We just opened a studio and appreciate lesson plans for our Boys and Girls club kids, etc.
    There is magic in clay. We have kids at risk who I think would feel much pride in doing something like this. Thanks again,

  • Jan P.


  • Julie M.

    My comment is the same as several others: no video came up to view. I checked the Video FAQ and its suggestions, to no avail. About half of the videos you attach have the same problem. Some work; some don’t. Any ideas about how I can view them?

  • Dana L.

    A friend of mine had her leather hard pots chewed on by mice because she used PAM on them… be sure to keep those delicious pots safe from varmints!

  • Patrcia B.

    BRIDGES Here.

    PAM is a non-stick spray oil. Most of the time it is found in the oil/baking section. It’s just an aerosol propelled oil. You can also use cornstarch with works just as well. Love all of your comments- Thank You:)

  • Myra S.

    Hi, for the UK clay friend, PAM is a commercial name for a spray on oil.

    I really enjoyed the film, well done. I love making very large Planter Bowls with coils & patches of decorated clay, but I put designs on the clay I am putting inside a big bowl. The big bowl is the armature, it actually is a stainless steel pizza bowl for making dough,( rather then use the bowl in the inside.) I line the big bowl with newspaper and then when it is almost dry (leather hard) I can remove the clay bowl with the paper. It is easy to peal off the paper, anyway it burns up in the firing. I usually stain the outside so the texture shows through the stain. Of course I wipe some of the stain off after it dries. I often glaze the inside & do not forget to put some holes in the bottom if you are going to place a big plant inside. Enjoy !

  • Jaci S.

    One of the best hand buiding videos I’ve seen. Thanks for the wonderful info.

  • Lia R.

    most of the american video’s i watch are very instructive..This is, however one in the top ten! Thank you. But what on earth is PAM? I live in Europe in Belgium, you know. Is it a cooking oil?People whodon’t know where to buy paddles anvils extruders I can recomment to look in Ceramics Monthly, there you find in the ads al the suppliers you can dream of.

  • ingka C.

    Patricia, you use such an amazing hand extruder, could you tell me what make it is and where I can buy one please?
    I have an old wooden gadget my mother used for darning socks…which I can use as an anvil!

  • ingka C.

    Thank you SO much for this! I am a self taught ceramic artist and have learnt an awful lot today! Ingka 🙂

  • Rae C.

    perfect, absolutely loved it, thankyou

  • Joan G.

    Hola desde Catalunya (España).Todos sus comentarios están muy bien, pero yo me pregunto ¿no sería mejor usar una rueda para la ceramica,para fabricar el vaso? es más rápido, más equilibrado y menos
    problemático para cocer.

    Todo y así tiene su encanto.

  • Thanks very good just loves this can hardly wait to get started!!!

  • Janet W.

    Thanks for the lovely, inspiring tutorial. I very much appreciate the details and that you let us see the end product!

    I found the paddles, anvil and yumi at:

    To repeat (as it seems at least one person missed the first answer) PAM is aerosol spray of cooking oil.

    Thanks again!

  • Lenore L.

    This was a great video!! Thanks for sharing.

  • Tina H.

    Very well done and clear video, Thanks so much for giving us new and exciting ideas. Much fodder for new ideas. I thought of using a large wooden knob. Engraving with a dremil tool on wood or plaster for the decorations.Even of wooden(kitchen)spoons. Oh my mind is racing. Thanks again. Much appreciation.

  • That was so cool! Thank you so much. I enjoyed watching this tremendously.

  • Chrissie M.

    What a fantastic way to coil pots. Pam thats interesting! I wonder if u can use any spray oil such as olive oil? thank u for teaching other ways of making life a little easier when working with clay
    Thanks again Chrissie M Whitsundays Qld Australia

  • Kathleen R.

    Mel, I put the info up above about the Pam. It’s a light cooking oil in an aerosol can.

  • Subscriber T.

    Just like others on this comment page: no video came up for me either. This has happened to me a lot, have tried every way to view these videos and followed all instructions and this is very disappointing as I look forward to seeing new video and techniques from other.

  • Mel H.

    I’m also from England and don’t know what ‘Pam’ is.
    Can anyone help please?

  • Eliot L.

    Great video. I also was wondering about the wooden anvils~~did you make them or is there a source for ordering them? Also, what were the glaze combinations you used on this particular pot? Very nice results~~great to see the finished pot.

  • Ann S.

    The anvil is quite easy to make out of clay, and if you make your own you can determine what surface curve you want. Treat yourself to a few, and if you make it, you will use it.

  • Ann S.

    Great video. Well done, Thanks.

  • Cabby L.

    Thanks Kathleen! We have a spray oil (low calorie one!!) will try that out!

  • Thank you, thank you for showing the end product! I do very similar hand-building, except that I use rather thicker coils and then pinch them into a thinner wall, achieving a taller pot much quicker. Those coils looked SO big to me, they seem bigger by far than the thickness of the initial slab. If that’s so, they could have been pinched upward and inward, gaining twice as much height out of each coil (and using half the clay!). Thanks for sharing, I have paddle envy!

  • Loretta B.

    Firefox doesn’t seem to have a problem with the video. You might try that browser.

  • Virginia B.

    Thanks for a very clear, informative video. I appreciated the close-ups and your explanations. Thanks, too, for taking us all the way through to glazing. Beautiful piece and great video.


  • Cabby L.

    Hi, am from Uk and don’t know what ‘Pam’ is?!
    Brill video, thanks!

  • Terrilynn D.

    well, much must have been fixed on the video since 9:24am! I was impressed with it all: video was clear, audio and voice-overs were very clear, demonstration process was very well presented. This is a great example of a demo video. Thank you!

    I also hope to share it with students!


  • Lauren V.

    Loved the video. For those who could not see it, it is longer than most, so it may take a minute to load. I am curious about the rubbing stick-What is it or where can I get one?

    Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful technique!

  • Adi T.

    Hi, Patricia. loved your presentation. good video, I do have a question. when you put the round slab on the upside down plastic bowl (a technique i often use as well), how do you manage the surpluses of clay? it doesn’t look as if you fold it and i saw no other cutting marks marks on the slab. will appreciate your advice on that

  • Kathleen R.

    Very fun to watch! Thanks for posting!

  • Patrcia B.


    Pam doesn’t seem to ruin any trimmed clay and it’s a VERY light spritz of it anyway. If it “coats” everything, then it’s too much.

    You can get the paddles and anvil from bamboo tools on the web. I use a lot of their tools and love them.
    Thanks for the comments – I enjoy sharing this. I am an x- film/video editor so I enjoy doing these demos.

  • Jayne K.

    No sound! but loved the demo

  • Patricia P.

    Just love it! The detailed instructions – the finished product – lots of fuel for imagination. Thanks!

  • Nancy S.

    I too am interested to find out if the texturing paddles are available for purchase???

  • Michi L.

    il y a quoi dans le pulvérisateur svp…

  • Michi L.

    il y a quoi dans le pulvérisateur svp…

  • The video came up but I had no volume.

  • Nancy S.

    When using the Pam spray, doesn’t it mess up the (trimmed off) clay for future use?

  • Jennifer H.

    Internet Explorer 9 has been giving our viewers problems since we upgraded our player. If you are using IE 9, please try the following:
    Click on ‘Compatibility View’, which is an icon that looks like a torn piece of paper in the URL box at the upper left of the screen. The video should appear and run.


  • Kelly R.

    Sharon, Do you have Internet Explorer 9 by any chance. I did and this is what I did.
    Go to this link – /daily/faq/#Video%20FAQ and then about 3/4 ways down there is a paragraph talking about Video Player Issues: The video won’t play. Once I followed those instructions, I was able to start viewing the videos again.

    If all else fails… There is more info about what to do if the first steps do not work… It is worth checking into.. the video is good.


  • Sharon M.

    No video came up for me. Can you let us know why, sure wanted to watch it, also has happened to me on other videos…

  • Celia M.

    didn’t catch what Patricia sprayed onto the slab so it wouldn’t stick. Could someone tell me please?

  • Helen S.

    Very nice. enjoyed the Mendelssohn too. Thanks.

  • What a wonderful tutorial. I appreciate her going from beginning to end, and taking you through her glazing process as well! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Kay F.

    no video came up for me either. This has happened a lot lately.

  • Linda P.

    no video came up at all for me to view

  • ALICE E.

    I very much appreciated your demonstration and plan to share it with a student who wants to make a large hand built bowl. You were clear, concise and the recording quality was very clear and crisp. I’m curious, though, about the rounded wooden anvil you used on the inside of the pot while paddling – did you make that or is there a source to buy one? Same question about the paddles: Did you make them?

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