How to Use the Broomstick Method to Make a Vase

lyonsbroomstick_620If you love pottery, but don’t have access to all of the tools (like a potter’s wheel, for instance), today’s video from Mitch Lyons is for you.


In this video, an excerpt from his DVD 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.

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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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  • Kate P.

    I didn’t manage to make a cylinder on my first effort but I do have a lovely shaped vase. Great. But I shall keep practicing for a perfect cylinder. A really clever idea and easy.

  • Thank you so much for this new method. am going to use it this week!

  • Annette H.

    What a great technique. I can’t wait to try it out.

  • What a great way to make seamless cylinders! Thank you for taking the time to show us so clearly.

  • Neala B.

    Thank you and thank you again for showing this method. It is especially useful for a ‘newby’ like me. I am VERY grateful to Ceramics Daily for all their posts. There are just so many talented folks out there! Thank you

  • jeanine b.

    well. what can i say’ i learned a wonderful new way to make cylinders. thank you so very much lisa and CD.

  • This is a great method for making cylinders for those who do not have the equipment or the dexterity for throwing. This method can also be found in “Handbuilding Ceramic Forms” by Elsbeth S. Woody 1979. Johm Murray (Publishers) Ltd.
    Mitch is a delight to watch and I am grateful to Ceramics Daily for archiving this very useful video for me to recommend to friends and students. Thanks Lisa.

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