Squish, Chop, Assemble, Repeat: A Potter Demonstrates the Fun That Can be Had With an Extruder and a Ram Press

Today’s video comes to us all the way from Down Under. Ric Pierce, a potter and Ceramic Arts Daily subscriber, sent me this fun little video demonstrating how to make one of his signature forms, the pelican jug. Ric uses an extruder and a ram press to make his pelican jugs. Now, I know that not everyone has a ram press in their studio, but that doesn’t mean this video is not worth watching. Au contraire! Ric demonstrates how, with a little imagination, you can take basic shapes and chop them up and reassemble them into something more interesting. And, if you’ve never seen a ram press in action, it’s kind of cool. Check it out! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
 

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To learn more about the fun that can be had with extruders, check out David Hendley’s three-disc DVD set Extrude it! in the Ceramic Arts Daily Bookstore!


To learn more about Ric Pierce and see images of his finished work, visit www.onetreehillpottery.com.au.

Comments
  • Subscriber T.

    You are really good! Thanks for sharing.

  • Hey Ric – great work – thanks for sharing. I am totally envious of your fabbo workspace!!

  • Jennifer C.

    IT WOULD BE FUN TO HAVE A PLACE ROUND HERE WITH THAT KINDA EQUIPMENT TO UTILIZE ..OPENS WHOLE NEW DOORS FOR A CREATIVE STORM TO BREW. THAT MUSIC MADE IT ALITTLE CRAZY WATCHIN IN LAPPSED TIME . . I GRASPED ITS RELEVANCE BUT STILL THAT MUSIC GIVES ME A TAD BIT ANXIETY.. NOW EVERY TIME IM RUNNIN LATE TO SCHOOL OR WORK IT WILL BE PLAYING IN MY HEAD.. TEEHEE.. COOL JUGS! INTRESTING LINES , KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK..

  • how hilarious that we were all so excited about the slip bottle !!!!
    I know! It was the first thing i thought too !!
    good job Ric,will you guys be doing the Potters Expo in Fed Square in November?
    Cheers
    Adriana Christianson 🙂

  • How much coffee do you drink? Just curious….

  • Charmaine W.

    Loved the slip in a squeeze bottle – def going to copy that idea.
    A fun video….will goggle you to view your other work.
    Will try this afternoon…it’s a beautiful sunny day in Johannesburg.

  • Heather R.

    Can’t wait to show my high school ceramics class!

  • Great video! I just made a couple of teapots (before watching this) that were composed of two bowls each. I’m calling them my Saturn teapots, because the rims were purposefully flattened to make a sturdy join. I have an antique copper samovar of similar design. The join is horizontal.

    Now I want to try again and turn the join vertical.

  • Dr. David S.

    I enjoyed this video. I love finding new uses for my extruder and this video gave me many new ideas. I had never heard of a RAM press. Ric made it all look like fun.

  • Wow Ric!! This was sensational viewing from beginning to end! I loved the whole process and it makes me feel like running out and buying a ram press. As the old saying goes, it’s not what you’ve got but how you use it! Thanks for a really informative and inspirational video.

  • Allison T.

    Inspirational for sure! Even when you don’t use a specific technique shown in the videos, it is always worth watching them to see the little tricks and tips other potters use. Also I never tire of watching another potter create!!!

  • Elaine B.

    Excellent video, very rewarding. Great music choice too, often vid music is irritating not this time.

  • WOW!!! That was amazing! I am only barely a beginner on a wheel & trying to learn my kiln too! What great work!!

  • Carole S.

    Really enjoyed it…thanks.

    I’ve never seen a ram press in operation before…thanks for the glimpse.

    Love the pitchers!

  • Yvonne M.

    Very inspiring – can’t wait to get my new extruder firing!

  • Horacio Adolfo R.

    Thank you ! wonderfull ! me disculpo porque mi inglés es muy pobre , y lo que aprecio es más que nada es lo visual. Gracias!

  • Thank you so much! Wonderfully inspiring!

  • Wonderful really great shapes! Do you put a hole where the handle is connected though? I wanna make one!!

  • What fun! I enjoyed all the special adaptations made to create just this jug! You make it look easy, and you seem to be enjoying the process. Thanks for sharing. Where and when is the workshop?

  • Thank you for sharing, very nice jugs!! and the slip squeeze bottle is very cool!
    Like the up-beat music;-)

  • Very well done and entertaining! I got a lot of good ideas from the video. I’m going to put slip in a squeeze bottle immediately!

  • Ric, What a charming video. Thank you for sharing your amazing process to make
    your clever and unique pelican jugs!

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