How to Experiment with Pottery Rims and Discover New Forms

Pottery rims might seem like an insignificant thing to put so much time into when you are starting out in clay. Most beginning potters are concentrating so hard on just making a vessel that the rim is the last thing they are thinking about. Even more advanced potters can get into habits of making the same type of pottery rim over and over. Hey, if it ain’t broke, why fix it?

Truth is, if you really want to make pots that stand out and are a pleasure to use, pottery rims, along with all the other little details in a form, should be very carefully considered. In today’s video, an excerpt from his new video Playing with Form & Decoration, S.C. (Steven) Rolf shares one of the little exercises he came up with to keep himself from falling into a rut. Have a look–I bet you will want to rush to your studio to try some of these ideas out! – Jennifer Poellot Harnetty, editor.


In this exercise, Steven throws a small bowl form that he does not plan to keep and then tries a bunch of different ways of changing up the pottery rim. The key here is that he is making something he doesn’t plan to keep, which takes away the preciousness of the object. Working exercises such as this into your studio routine will help you keep your work fresh and interesting!

New Video Release! It's All About Play!

In his new video, S.C. (Steven) Rolf shares his secrets to staying fresh and motivated in the studio by continually playing with form and decoration. After going through some warm up exercises exploring decorative elements with cups, Steven switches to bowls and creates five different bowl forms including his signature rolled rim bowl. With each new form, he experiments with various surface decoration techniques that will inspire you to experiment in your own studio.

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For more great exercises to boost your creativity in the studio, pick up a copy of S.C. Rolf’s video Playing with Form & Decoration in the Ceramic Arts Network Shop. Or subscribe to CLAYflicks to see Playing with Form & Decoration and all of the other videos in the Ceramic Arts Network collection!

Comments
  • Mary Lee E.

    Fairly new to the pottery world. Love your videos and have started to apply many of your techniques to my work. Was wondering how you soften your clay without introducing numerous air bubbles

  • John K.

    Interesting exercise, Steve. Gives me something else to experiment while I’m throwing! Well done!

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