How to Dress up a Wheel Thrown Bowl with Curves

The cereal bowl selection at my house consists mainly of all of my reject bowls from over the years. It’s a motley crew of old, wonky pieces that make me want to reach for the nearest sledgehammer every time I open the cupboard. So I am on a mission: to replace them with more recent work that is finally feeling a bit more resolved and successful.

So since I am bowl obsessed, I thought I would share an inspirational bowl video. In this clip, an excerpt from her DVD Creating Curves with Clay, Martha Grover demonstrates how she dresses up a basic ice cream or cereal bowl with curves inspired by orchids and flowing dresses. Enjoy! — Jennifer Poellot Harnetty, editor.


This clip was excerpted from Creating Curves with Clay, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Shop!


To learn more about Martha Grover or to see more images of her work, please visit

**First published in 2013

  • Thank you Martha for showing us how you create your flowing, feminine bowls. It makes me want to get some white clay and play on my wheel again! May God bless you and your gift of pottery.

  • Metka S.

    beautiful and interesting- especially the part about holding shape (and not warping), did not know that till now

  • Donna K.

    Very nice presentation. Thank you.

  • Robin T.

    I am looking for new ways to do feet, very interesting! Thanks.

  • Sharon P.

    I want to order the DVD, but the price is showing $20 off, not $30 off as advertised. How do I correct?

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