Making a Pitcher with Simon Levin

In this video, Simon Levin demonstrates how he makes pitchers on the wheel from start to finish. Pitchers are challenging forms to make because they hold a lot of liquid and, therefore need to be as ...(Scroll for more.)


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… lightweight as possible. Simon starts by throwing a tall cylinder, which he then textures and plumps out. After that, he moves on to the spout and handle. All along the way, Simon shares his expert insights into setting up formal relationships that make strong cohesive forms.

You’ll pick up tips on:

  • throwing tall, even-walled, lightweight forms
  • how to plump out a form to create volume
  • pulling spouts that pour well
  • setting up formal relationships that help make forms stronger
  • pulling and attaching handles
  • and much more!

This presentation is filled with formal advice that is sure to help you consider all the details of your own work and make better pots.

About the Artist

Simon Levin has been working in clay since 1990, when an elective ceramics course in college changed the direction of his life, leading to an M.A. and an M.F.A from the University of Iowa. He is a full time studio potter working exclusively with wood firing. His award winning work is exhibited internationally, and appears in several contemporary ceramic books. Simon is a writer for many ceramic journals, and in 2013 he traveled to Taiwan as a Senior Fulbright scholar researching local materials. As a kiln builder Simon has built wood fired kilns for both US colleges and universities as well as schools in Taiwan and China. Between 2005 and 2018 his apprenticeship program started has trained and influenced 17 young potters. A resident of Wisconsin for 18 years, Simon has recently moved to Pawnee, Illinois, where he is currently re-establishing his pottery.

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