The Broomstick Method: Making Cylindrical Pottery Without a Pottery Wheel


If you love pottery, but don’t have access to all of the tools (like a potter’s wheel for instance), today’s video is for you.

In this video, an excerpt from Handbuilding with Mitch Lyons, Mitch demonstrates making a seamless cylindrical form using a series of dowel rods in graduated sizes to hollow out the center. It is a great technique for handbuilding cylinders because you can really do a lot with surface texture, as Mitch demonstrates. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.



No Pottery Wheel? No Problem!

by Mitch Lyons


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This clip was excerpted from Handbuilding with Mitch Lyons, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Bookstore!

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  • Ros C.

    Thank you for sharing this tip. I can’t wait to try this with my year 8s. I’m sure we will have some very wonky cylindrical forms take shape, but we are going to have fun and hopefully encourage a few future ceramic artists along the way.

  • Jane I.

    Wonderful….thank you for this great technique 🙂

  • Jennifer S.

    thanks for this – brilliantly simple to grasp – inspires the beginner to try

  • felicia r.

    Me encanta su tecnica solo hablo español, y a pesar entendi yo trabajo todo a mano no tengo torno, muchas gracias

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