Pottery Video of the Week: A New Twist on a Faceted Bowl

In today’s clip, Mark Peters shares a new twist that he came up with for faceting pots. By making the cuts while the pot is still cylindrical and adjusting the way the wire moves through the clay, Mark creates an interesting alternative to the typical faceted surface. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


This clip was excerpted from Lively Forms and Expressive Surfaces with Mark Peters, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Shop!

Finished faceted bowl with trimmed foot, wood fired. Click to enlarge!

To learn more about Mark Peters or see more images of his work, visit www.pinerootpottery.com.



  • Larry Z.

    That was a very nice demo… Mark made it look easy, too easy but I really like that technique and I’m already thinking of modification too it.Cant wait to try it out!

  • Robinet M.

    Superbe technique et belle réalisation.Merci

  • Robinet M.

    Superbe technique et belle réalisation.Merci

  • Bart C.

    Encouraging to see a potter throwing from a standing up position. This potter seems to have exceptional control of arms and hands. I wondered about the trimming steps. The foot complements the pot so well and I’d like to learn more about how the potter goes about that part of the process.

    I think I’d like to try this technique sometime (after I practice the basics some more).

  • Michael G.

    This is a technique I have used a lot in the past couple of years. I got the idea from a previous clip of Mark’s. It does lead to wiggly rims, and sometimes the wire cuts through the clay, leaving a hole in the wall. When this happens, I try and continue stretching the pot with the tear in the wall, and when the pot has been stretched to its limit (or slightly beyond), I take a small flattened wad of clay and fill the tear from the inside, taking care not to mar the surface of the outside of the pot. When it works, it gives the pot an even more intriguing surface and rhythm. As A B said – “Love the wabi sabi.”

  • Julie D.

    Really love this interesting bowl. It reminds me of different leaf structures seen in the organic world. What type of clay did you use for this piece? Definitely going to experiment myself with these wonderful forms!

  • Mary S.

    Wonderful idea. And what an interesting bowl. Lovely!

  • Jewell M.

    Great video! I think I have asked this before…what type of sponge do you use to throw and where can they be purchased? Thanks Mark!

  • Karin G.

    I once hear Paul Soldner say ” Centered pots are boring….” Otoh, he was really strong, had highly muscled arms, and could center huge lumps of clay without effort. ( He used the spiral up method of centering) . It’s a lot easier
    to throw a centered pot but perhaps not so interesting?

  • Cynthia H.

    I’m wondering if Mark had centered his clay better, he might not have had the issue with the “weak” lip, as the walls would be of a more consistent thickness. I don’t have a problem centering clay. I do enjoy demonstrations of creative ideas. Thanks Mark!

  • Mark Peters P.

    the weak spot on the lip I was talking about was just the thinnest part of all those facets. There will almost always be 1 spot in a bowl like that that becomes the “weak spot”. I was just trying to explain that and say that that is the place to pay attention to while you are opening it up.
    Kate –
    It took me years to learn to not center. A lot of times, the pot I’m making determines how centered the clay ought to be. With most of my pots, a little lopsided is good. It makes them all unique, just like us. Besides, with this particular bowl, I’m cutting so much out of it that it’s going to be off center anyway.
    I’ve seen it, its awesome! Go to my website and you can see a handful of short videos that I made. That should give you an idea of the way I make pots. This DVD is a whole lot more instructional and goes into some more complex pots the ones one my site. pinerootpottery.com
    Nezaket dolu sözler için teşekkür ederiz, ve ben güzel tencere yapmak için ilham kaynağı olacağını ümit ediyoruz.

  • Kate T.

    I’ve noticed in a lot of demos that the potters don’t feel compelled to center their clay. Weird.

  • Kathleen R.

    I saw a video of Mark Peters doing a similar faceting and loved it. I went out and tried it and was successful the first time with a wonderful bowl. I also had a weak edge but considered it to be a unique element of this type of bowl. The next couple of times I tried this technique, I had difficulties. I cut a hole in the wall of my clay with my wire when cutting the facets. Also had a problem on another try when I opened the bowl too far. It had a weak point in the side of the bowl that tore open. So, this is fun and tricky and Mark makes it look easy. I will definitely practice making some more of these interesting bowls.

  • Lisa W.

    How do you resolve the lip? There was talk about a weak edge?

  • I am going to have to try this out. The wiggle wire takes some getting used to, but it can make for some awesome facets and bottoms.

  • Deanna H.

    I’ve seen two clips of Mark’s so far. Can someone who has purchased his DVD give a full review? I’m very intrigued with what I’ve seen. I’ve tried using wiggle wire and was not happy with the results. This is a great look and I’ll be giving it a try!

    Thanks Mark!

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