Striking Serveware with Gwendolyn Yoppolo
In this video, Gwendolyn Yoppolo demonstrates how she combines basic handbuilding techniques to create elegant and distinctive, one-of-a-kind serving vessels—serveware—that turn serving food into an artform in its own right. If you strive to make eye-catching pottery that really makes a statement on the tabletop, Gwendolyn is the perfect guide! (Scroll down for more!)
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Get the inside scoop
While the techniques used to create Gwendolyn’s forms are a combination of basic handbuilding techniques, it takes some know-how to use them on complex forms. Multi-lobed forms take special care in the building, drying, and firing process. Gwendolyn reveals all the tricks she has learned over the years to successfully get these pieces all the way through the process and onto the table in once piece.
Here’s a sampling of what you’ll learn:
- Build any shape you can dream up using pinching and coiling
- Use additive and reductive techniques to refine forms
- Make a shrinkage slab to prevent cracking in the drying and firing process
- Map out a bump mold to create interesting forms
- Make spoons using two different techniques
- And much much more!
Brilliant bump molds
When an ordinary hump mold won’t do, make a bump mold! You’ll learn how to make molds that provide support right where your piece needs it (plus, they can shrink right along with the piece and support it all the way through firing)!
Making organic multi-lobed pieces like these has its challenges, but Gwendolyn shares all the tips that she learned the hard way so you can skip the heartaches of cracking and warping! And the techniques covered here are essentially sculpting techniques so they could be applied to non functional ware too!
Handbuilding is a fantastic way to create any shape of pot (or sculpture) you can dream up. Learning Gwendolyn’s techniques and tips will help you develop your own distinctive and unique pottery!