Using Craft Paper to Sketch out Pottery Design Ideas


For me, one of the most challenging aspects of slab building is envisioning a 3D form when staring at a flat slab. So I am always on the lookout for inspiration for new pottery design ideas. Pinterest and the internet in general can be great sources of handbuilt pottery ideas, but sometimes figuring out how to arrive at a shape from a flat slab is difficult.

If you have ever felt this frustration, today’s video clip will be just what you need. In this excerpt from her video Sewing Clay: Slab Building & Slip-Transferred Patterns, Lauren Karle shows how she uses craft paper to “sketch” out new ceramic design ideas. This exercise will be a great tool for developing pottery ideas for beginners, as well as those who feel stuck in a rut. – Jennifer Poellot Harnetty, editor.

3-Dimensional Sketching: A Great Way to Come up with Slab Pottery Ideas

This clip was excerpted from Sewing Clay: Slab Building & Slip-Transferred Patterns, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Shop!

Get out of that rut!

If you have ever found yourself in a rut in the studio, making the same forms over and over again and you're not sure how to get out, Lauren Karle's video Sewing Clay: Slab Building & Decorating is the perfect antidote. This video is loaded with the tools you need to break out of your comfort zone, from "sketching" out new forms with craft paper, scissors, and tape to developing your own imagery to transfer onto your pots! Lauren's informative video will help you create new shapes and surfaces to get you out of that rut in short order.

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**First published in 2016

  • Richard W.

    Ummm, can someone please tell me what is “craft” paper? Is it the brightly colored thick paper that children use to make little crafty stuff with? The paper that Ms. Karle is using is “kraft paper”, spelled with a “K”, so called because it made using the “kraft process” that differentiates it from other production methods used in the paper industry.

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