Two Techniques for Making Swirlware Pottery

swirly_620Swirlware, a traditional form of pottery made in the Catawba Valley of North Carolina in the early 1900s, is made by combining contrasting clay bodies when throwing. Michael Kline makes swirlware and other historical North Carolina pottery forms, but puts his own contemporary touch on the work.

In today’s video, an excerpt from his new video The Brush & The Wheel, Michael demonstrates two ways to make swirlware cups using a red clay body and a porcelain. This clip got me thinking about trying it out with clays colored with commercial stains too. Think of the possibilities! –Jennifer Harnetty, editor

This clip was excerpted from The Brush & The Wheel, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Shop!

swirly_finishedTo learn more about Michael Kline or to see more images of his work, please visit

  • Sally W.

    This is a really interesting video. So instructional, thank you Michael. Can see loads of possibilities with it.

  • Yiannis A.

    very innovative and interesting work. thanks for the idea.

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