Ribbing and Stretching Lively Marks into Thrown and Altered Pottery

This clip was excerpted from Gesture and Form: Throwing and Handbuilding, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Shop!


Nick Joerling likes to make pots that are “active in the mind and imagination.” He achieves this goal by making gestural marks with simple tools on the wheel and then stretching and bending the clay to enhance those marks. In today’s post, I have compiled some highlights of how Nick creates his animated “Envelope Vase,” which are excerpted from his video Gesture and Form: Throwing and Handbuilding,  – Jennifer Harnetty, editor

newRelease-Griffin1To learn more about Nick Joerling or to see more images of his work, please click here.

  • Cool technique, I love the end result. I’m not thrilled with the way you often use subtitles in videos now. I often have to “rewind” to see what it said because I was watching the clay and not the words. Very distracting.

  • Roberta G.

    I first saw Nick’s work during NCECA a few years ago. It made an indelible impression on me. I was impressed with softness of his unique, lively forms. and the manner in which he integrates the decorative aspects and beautiful satin glazes with these forms. Thank you.

  • Jill N.

    Thank you so much Nick and Jennifer for this clip. I appreciate the open approach to reshaping a thrown pot and will definitely work toward this as soon as I set up my new pottery studio.

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