Handbuilding Video: How to Make a Handbuilt Textured Ceramic Hors D’oeuvres Tray Using Just, Your Hands, a Lump of Clay, a Spring and a Sponge

handbuilt_tray_largeThis week’s video is an oldie but a goodie. It was filmed at a Potters Council workshop in Kansas City a few years back, and in it, Mark Peters show us how to make a lively textured hors d’oeuvres tray.

Mark is so good at taking a simple idea and the most basic of tools – a lump of clay, a sponge, and a stretched-out spring – and turning it into a loose, yet elegant piece of pottery. Have a look and then give this one a try! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor

 


 

A Simple Handbuilding Technique with Elegant Results

by Mark Peters

 

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Like this technique?
Mark Peters demonstrates a slew of similar projects in his DVD Lively Forms and Expressive Surfaces, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Bookstore!

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finishedtrayFor more interesting handbuilding techniques, download your free copy of Five Great Handbuilding Techniques: Variations on Classic Techniques for Making Contemporary Handbuilt Pottery.

 


 

Comments
  • Loved it! I always appreciate Mark’s ability to transform clay with simple ideas into the beautiful and useful objects.

    It took me two tries to get sound, so if you don’t first hear anything try again.

  • Loved it! I always appreciate Mark’s ability to transform clay with simple ideas into the beautiful and useful objects.

    It took me two tries to get sound, so if you don’t first hear anything try again.

  • Loved it too! He is great! took me two tries to get sound and when I did it was just audible. nice video and it really came out a very nice piece. I would have loved to see it glazed though.

  • Loved it too! He is great! took me two tries to get sound and when I did it was just audible. nice video and it really came out a very nice piece. I would have loved to see it glazed though.

  • Such a simple technique with great results. I’m with Jacquelyn, I would like to see the finished glazed piece. I was surprised that he did not put a foot on it but I guess it does not need one.

  • Such a simple technique with great results. I’m with Jacquelyn, I would like to see the finished glazed piece. I was surprised that he did not put a foot on it but I guess it does not need one.

  • Great approach – wonder if he ever has warping issues? And if so how to conquer them?

  • Great approach – wonder if he ever has warping issues? And if so how to conquer them?

  • I am going to make one now. thanks for sharing this vedio

  • I am going to make one now. thanks for sharing this vedio

  • I like it! simple and innovative handles add the right touch

  • I like it! simple and innovative handles add the right touch

  • Mark’s DVD is a great watch with great ideas and techniques. Well worth puchasing.

  • Mark’s DVD is a great watch with great ideas and techniques. Well worth puchasing.

  • Fantastic and simple. Lucky guy to have wood fire accessibility. MJ

  • Fantastic and simple. Lucky guy to have wood fire accessibility. MJ

  • great hand work and it is very interesting….

  • great hand work and it is very interesting….

  • Thank you, you make it look so easy 🙂 I will have to try it now! Thanks again! Beautiful!

  • Thank you, you make it look so easy 🙂 I will have to try it now! Thanks again! Beautiful!

  • Like another commentator, I’d be interested in knowing if warping issues
    are a problem and how to conquer them in electric firing.

  • Like another commentator, I’d be interested in knowing if warping issues
    are a problem and how to conquer them in electric firing.

  • I loved the beautiful and deceptively simple technique. I tried twice but had difficulty in getting an even rectangle. I guess it is all in the way it is thrown down on the slab. I have to practice and watch carefully how the throwing is done. In any case, I enjoyed the video and watched it three or four times. Thank you Mark.
    Carla

  • I loved the beautiful and deceptively simple technique. I tried twice but had difficulty in getting an even rectangle. I guess it is all in the way it is thrown down on the slab. I have to practice and watch carefully how the throwing is done. In any case, I enjoyed the video and watched it three or four times. Thank you Mark.
    Carla

  • I never saw an answer about the warping. How to you prevent it?
    Thanks

  • I never saw an answer about the warping. How to you prevent it?
    Thanks

  • thank U very much
    it was simple and lovely and the way U behaved to clay they say “Sofalgaraneh” in Persian and it means that U are aware of the limitation of your material and U did not pay much attention to unnecessary details. 🙂

  • thank U very much
    it was simple and lovely and the way U behaved to clay they say “Sofalgaraneh” in Persian and it means that U are aware of the limitation of your material and U did not pay much attention to unnecessary details. 🙂

  • I have used a similar technique, throwing a flat slab on the wheel, then removing it and stretching it by throwing it sideways, as Mark did. I did this in order to create an elongated spiral platter. I also attached three feet (keeps it from teetering) under to give it lift. I did not have a problem with warping firing to Cone 6 using a stoneware clay.

    One of the “features” of the spring cut slab is the irregularity created by the wavy cut. A little warping will not detract from that. The flange created at the edge by turning up the clay a bit adds some structural strength as well. Embrace the wonkiness.

  • I have used a similar technique, throwing a flat slab on the wheel, then removing it and stretching it by throwing it sideways, as Mark did. I did this in order to create an elongated spiral platter. I also attached three feet (keeps it from teetering) under to give it lift. I did not have a problem with warping firing to Cone 6 using a stoneware clay.

    One of the “features” of the spring cut slab is the irregularity created by the wavy cut. A little warping will not detract from that. The flange created at the edge by turning up the clay a bit adds some structural strength as well. Embrace the wonkiness.

  • Curious to know the work surface of the table??? Great video

  • Curious to know the work surface of the table??? Great video

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