How to Make a Jar With Press-Molded Decorative Strips and Wheel Thrown Parts

A. Blair Clemo has some of the most interesting pottery making techniques I have seen. His process involves press molds, coil building, wheel throwing, sprig molds and more. Though it looks fairly complex, it’s really not when you break it down. 

In today’s clip, an excerpt from his brand-spanking-new video Simply Ornate: Handbuilding and Wheel Throwing with Press Molds, Blair shows one of the ways he combines wheel thrown parts with custom press-molded decorative strips to make a sweet jar. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


This clip was excerpted from Simply Ornate: Handbuilding and Wheel Throwing with Press Molds, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Bookstore!

finishedblairTo learn more about Blair Clemo or to see more images of his work, please visit

If you haven’t already, be sure to download your free copy of the Ceramic Mold Making Techniques: Tips for Making Plaster Molds and Slip Casting Clay.

  • Thank you for sharing your work, Blair. I have been away from pottery for just over 3 years now. This makes me want to get back into it. 🙂

  • Rokhairuddin J.

    wise to clay … clay never cheat

  • This is a terrific video!!! Blair Clemo creates uniquely original, expertly made ceramics while explaining every detail of what he is doing and why. I love his work, and although I have three of his pots, I could not figure out how he made them until now. There is nothing to figure out when he is done sharing, so this is a very good DVD for beginners as well as for seasoned potters looking for new ideas. His mold making and use of the sprigs created is exactly what I wanted to learn.

    What differs this video from older videos is the camera work! Wow! Finally, close up shots using angles that show in great detail how Blair uses his tools, his fingers, and his problems-solving skills. Excellent sound with much better acoustics than in the past. Definitely a cinematic upgrade!

    He is a great teacher. He passes along helpful tips from how to avoid stress on your back to scrap materials useful for making custom tools. Kudos to the Ceramic Arts Daily video crew and Mr. Clemo for one of your best DVDs so far!

  • Robin N.

    Love the combination of talents and methods, Great Demo!

  • Jacob G.

    Excellent level of detail and demonstration! Very useful!


  • Tracy W.

    Very interesting! I can see so many possibilities.

    I’m inspired.

    thank you for sharing.

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