Select Series: Pitchers, Teapots, Cups & Mugs

Pouring and drinking vessels are some of the most commonly used items in any home. As such, they need to function well, be ready to work overtime, and be engaging objects to interact with. These parameters provide a...(Scroll down for more.)

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Softcover | 87 Pages
Order code B162 | ISBN 978-1-57498-381-4

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…creative challenge for the potter. This book is part of the Ceramic Arts Select Series, which focuses on groups of related forms and presents some of the best examples of how contemporary artists are exploring, innovating, and celebrating those forms.

Pitchers, Teapots, Cups, and Mugs, features 18 detailed, step-by-step projects that explore various approaches to making these pots using both wheel-throwing and handbuilding techniques. From the handmade thermos and mug set inspired by a cold commute to various approaches to making pouring and drinking vessels of all kinds, you’ll find opportunities to learn new techniques and apply your own experiences to developing a personal aesthetic. It’s time well spent on forms that are the foundation of many potter’s stock and trade.


Anatomy of a Pitcher by Julia Walther

Pitchers are a challenging for because they are designed to hold a lot of liquid and, therefore, the vessel itself must be lightweight or it would be too heavy to use. Then again, if it is too light, it might break easily. Julia Walther shares how she creates pitchers that are functional and easy to use, but sturdy enough to last.

Darted Pitcher by Deborah Schwartzkopf

Learning to dart and alter thrown pots can really turn them dramatic one-of-a-kind pieces. Deborah Schwartzkopf demonstrates a darted and altered pitcher and provides a helpful guide to darting which shows the dart and the resulting shape in the pot.

Lidded Creamer by Liz Zlot Summerfield

Liz Zlot Summerfield has a knack for explaining in clear and simple terms how to go from a sketch to a finished form. Here, she does just that, showing how she goes from a simple drawing to a finished lidded creamer. She also shows how to put the piece on a handbuilt pedestal!

Small Creamer, Big Presence by Hannah Meredith

Hanna Meredith loves to accentuate the plastic nature of her clay so she lets her bulbous thrown forms stiffen a bit and then stretches them more. After attaching a generous handle, these cute little pitchers definitely have a big presence!

Altered Ewer by Martha Grover

Martha Grover integrates volume and proportion to create elegant forms with playful, undulating lines that draw the eye around. The softness of the forms and glazed surfaces mimic the folds and drapes of fabric.

Soft Slab Teapot by Margaret Bohls

Margaret Bohls takes handbuilding beyond the basics to make her pillowy functional pots. The emphasis is on interior volume and Margaret finds the best way to achieve the look she wants is by using soft slabs. Here, she makes a lovely tea set.

Loose-Leaf Teapot by Clay Cunningham

Loose leaf teapots require careful consideration to make them function properly. Clay Cunningham, a tea connoisseur and potter, did all the homework for you and shares the ins and outs of this form in this chapter.

Faceted Teapot by Jeffrey Nichols

How long does it take to make a teapot? Jeffrey Nichols would tell you 20 years – That’s how long he has worked to hone his skills and make finely crafted works in clay. Here he shares all the insights he has gained along the way, plus he shares his interesting surface techniques!

Handbuilt Teapot with a Wire Handle by Sarah Pike

Sarah Pike loves making teapots because of the challenge of working with lots of little parts. It’s this challenge that makes her happy as a potter. Here, she makes one of her sweet little textured teapots and also explains how to make her handmade texture tools.

The Squared Mug by Nick DeVries

For Nick DeVries, the Surform tool really helped him break through to a new level on his pots by helping him create the direct linear edges he loved. In this demonstration, Nick explains how he makes his squared-off mugs.

Hot Coffee & Tea by Kenyon Hansen

A thermos is defined as a container that keeps a drink or other fluid hot or cold by means of a double wall enclosing a vacuum. Have you ever thought of making one out of clay? Kenyon Hansen did and explains the process here.

Carved Goblets by Yoshi Fujii

Yoshi Fujii makes his goblets in two pieces – a lovely flared foot thrown as an upside down bowl, and a simple cylinder. That simple cylinder becomes everything but simple when Yoshi carves his precise geometric designs into them. Here, Yoshi shares all of his secrets for making such detailed pieces.

One Piece Goblets by Jan Parzybok

Jan Parzybok prefers to make her goblets in one piece with a solid stem which is then trimmed and refined when the pot is leather hard. She explains that the solid stem creates a weighted bottom, which provides balance when in use.

Extruded Cups by Richard Burkett

Richard Burkett’s work hovers somewhere between pottery and sculpture. His extruded cups look like they could be made from industrial castoffs. In this chapter, shares how he makes them and how he makes inexpensive and easily modifiable custom dies to create just the look he wants.

Folded Cups with Patterns by Lauren Karle

The pottery of Lauren Karle is influenced by the beautiful garments of the indigenous cultures of Guatamala, where she lived for 2 1/2 years. The pots reference these garments both in the way they are constructed (cut, altered, darted, “stitched” together) and in their decoration. Here she demonstrates both processes.

Wire-cut Fritware Cups by Frank Krevens

A move and a concern for the environmental impact of high-fired work lead Frank Krevens to develop a palette similar to his Cone 10 palette, but at much lower temperatures. Her shares his process for making faceted cups and his recipes in this chapter.

Cups and Handles by Annie Chrietzberg

Texture in clay can be addictive. Who doesn’t love pressing objects into a piece of soft clay? In this chapter, Annie Chrietzberg shares a technique for handbuilt mugs with all-over texture – even the handles are textured!

Pulling Dynamic Handles by Mike Jabbur

A handle can make or break a cup. Handles that are too big or too small can make the difference of whether a cup gets used a lot or migrates to the back of the cupboard. Mike Jabbur demonstrates his handle making process here, and discusses the details he considers to make them function well.

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