A New Approach to Faceting Pottery

Create inward “facets” with a wooden rib when the clay is still soft!

Faceting Pottery

Faceting pottery is a great way to take pots out of the roundness that the wheel creates, and is often done on leather hard pots. But faceting (or fluting) freshly thrown pots right on the wheel head can also create some amazing effects! Plus if you facet cylinders and continue to throw from the inside, you really capture the spin of the wheel as the facets twist and spin.

Dick Lehman takes this one step further by creating inward “facets” with a wooden rib when the clay is still soft. In today’s video clip, an excerpt from his video On-Wheel Altering & Faceting, Dick shows you his early explorations in faceting teabowls. To me, the finished pots evoke soft serve ice cream cones! – Jennifer Poellot Harnetty, editor.

PS: For a plethora of additional ways to alter freshly-thrown pots, pick up a copy of  On-Wheel Altering and Faceting!

This clip was excerpted from On-Wheel Altering & Faceting with Dick Lehman, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Network Shop!

Faceting Pottery

**First published in 2020.
  • Judith S.

    Thank you very much Dick Lehman for this great presentation of faceting on the wheel. I have learned and enjoyed. Judith

  • Patricia B.

    I learnt this kind of faceting from an excellent online tutorial by Hank Murrow donkey’s years ago, but I’ve never attempted what he does at the end with the wooden rib. So cool! I will certainly try it.

    • Patricia B.

      Me too! I learnt it from that same Hank Murrow’s tutorial like ten years ago. I too will try this with the wooden rib. It makes the pots even more dynamic.

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