Handbuilding with Color and Texture with Lana Wilson

In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video series, the one-and-only Lana Wilson shares her handbuilding and decorating techniques for colorful, energetic, and playful pots. In addition to the selection of fast, easy, high-success projects demonstrated, you’ll love Lana’s...(Scroll for more!)

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…sense of humor and laidback approach to clay. Believing that “you should never listen too much to a teacher,” Lana encourages play and experimentation throughout the video.

Play! Play! Play!

Many of us, especially when starting out, are cautious when it comes to making pots. We want success so bad that it keeps us from taking chances and trying new things. Lana developed her techniques through a playful and open approach to working with clay, letting the characteristics of the clay guide her and embracing her mistakes. As a result, she developed a body of work that is immediate and expressive, not fussy.

Student Favorites

In her many years of teaching workshops and classes, Lana has noticed her students’ enthusiastic responses to various techniques. She selected the projects for this video with her students (and, let’s be honest, fans) in mind. The projects are quick, have a high success rate, and allow plenty of room for experimentation, so students love them. And Lana loves them because she loves to see the creativity of her students blossom as they take the processes in new directions.

Gesture, Texture, and Color

Lana Wilson is known for her animated forms with textured and colorful surfaces. In this video she gives you a taste of everything. She starts with the “Plate from the Back” and the “Drop-Technique Tiles,” which highlight her unique methods for creating texture. Next, she moves onto her signature layered-slip-and-sgraffito technique, creating a slab-built bowl with this decoration. Later, she creates one of her animated teapots using a textured slab, and finishes off with a mug.

Bonus Features

Bonus features include slip and glaze recipes, images of finished work, and a video featuring one of her “Scrap-Rim Vases.”

About the Artist

Lana Wilson is a studio potter living in Berkeley, California. She has given more than 100 workshops on handbuilding at renowned institutions including Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, Mendocino Art Center, and Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts. Lana has been featured in Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated magazines, and she writes a column for Clay Times magazine. Her work has been in more than 185 exhibitions and appears in numerous books. She is the author of Ceramics: Shape and Surface, which includes extensive cone 6 and cone 04 electric glazes she has developed. To learn more about Lana Wilson, please visit www.lanawilson.com.

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