New Ideas - Fresh Forms with Deb Schwartzkopf

Deb Schwartzkopf is arguably one of the most creative potters working today. In her latest video, she demonstrates how she combines a variety of throwing and handbuilding techniques to come up with her fresh and unique forms. Using the wheel as just another tool to create ... (Scroll down for more!)


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… the shapes she wants, along with various handbuilding techniques, Deb shows you how to create truly one-of-a-kind pots!

The Wheel is Just a Tool

Just because you use a potters wheel doesn’t mean your pots have to be round. For Deb, the wheel is simply one of the many tools she uses to create the various parts she needs to create the forms she envisions. Deb starts out with a plate that she alters into a non-round form with a couple of cuts and some added clay, then she moves on to more complex and challenging forms—a butter dish and a coffee pour over set.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Center a hefty lump of clay and create a dinner plate
  • Prevent slumping in dinner plates with a clay belly button added at the trimming stage
  • Throw flanges for lidded containers
  • Use various bisque molds to create shapes that are used to build complex forms
  • And much more!

Throughout Deb’s career, she has experimented with different ways to create the forms she designs—a thrown part here, a bisque-molded part there. And the results are exquisite! Best of all, she’s done al lot of the hard work for you!  You’ll find yourself thinking “why didn’t I think of that?” as the ideas spring forth in your mind! Happy building!

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