Handbuilt Forms with Soft Slabs with Liz Zlot Summerfield

In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video series, Liz Zlot Summerfield demonstrates her techniques for making handbuilt functional pottery with soft slabs...(Scroll for more.)

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Runtime: 2 hours 20 minutes

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…and energetic surfaces. Liz explains how to develop interesting forms and the how to effectively use various materials to develop a creative look and feel for the surface. You’ll enjoy the easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions geared to clay lovers at every skill level.

Developing forms

Liz begins her video by demonstrating her technique for creating new forms. You’ll learn how to deconstruct found objects as well as make paper and clay sketches. Next she shows you how to transfer your ideas to templates in order to make repeatable forms for sets or you to creatively vary in any way that moves you.

Forming functional pots

Once you understand how to make templates, Liz leads you through her techniques for creating forms with very soft slabs and utilizing very little water. You’ll learn how to construct a simple juice cup then advance to making a darted cup. From there, you’ll move on to making a cream and sugar set then end with a salt and pepper shaker set on a tray. Liz provides ongoing commentary about design, shape, lids, spouts, form, clay, modeling, connections, seams and more all along the way.

The finishing touches

Liz surfaces are lively and engaging since she believes that when a piece is not in use it can still function as a work of art. In this video, Liz demonstrates how to use terra sigillata, underglazes, and glazes to create rich, colorful surfaces. She discusses her aesthetic choices and suggests ways to experiment to create your own voice.

About the Artist

Liz Zlot Summerfield earned her M.F.A in ceramics from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and her B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has been a visiting artist and teacher at numerous clay facilities, colleges, and universities. Her work is exhibited nationally through exhibitions, galleries, and fine craft shows. Currently, Liz resides in Western North Carolina with her husband, Scott Summerfield, and their daughter, Roby. Both are fulltime artists working from their studios located at their home in Bakersville.



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