The S.C. Rolf Collection

In this 2-video collection, S.C. (Steven) Rolf shares his secrets to staying fresh and motivated in the studio by continually playing with form and decoration. With each new piece, he experiments with various form and surface decoration techniques that will inspire you to experiment in your own studio. When you buy the two together you can save $10 off the original list price! (Scroll for more.)

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Purchased downloads are available to download for three days. Video files are compatible with Quicktime Player, Windows Media Player, and most other current video players. They are delivered as zip files containing the video files, and they require a broadband Internet connection to download (at 4 Mbps, this file can take 30–45 minutes to download.). Do not attempt with a dial-up connection.

Part 1 Cups & Bowls

In this video, S.C. (Steven) Rolf shares his secrets to staying fresh and motivated in the studio by continually playing with form and decoration. After going through some warm up exercises exploring decorative elements with cups, Steven switches to bowls and creates different bowl forms including his signature rolled rim bowl. With each new form, he experiments with various surface decoration techniques that will inspire you to experiment in your own studio.

Runtime: 1 hour, 45 minutes

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Here’s a sampling of what you’ll learn:

  • how to use simple forms such as cups as “sketches” to help work though ideas for form and surface
  • tips for using soft clay for throwing to help preserve your body
  • how to make five different bowl forms and enhance them with alterations (including Steven’s signature rolled rim) and surface decoration
  • tips for making custom ribs to fit your specific needs in the studio
  • exercises for coming up with new rims, plus a great way to learn to tap on center, and more!

Part 2 Pouring & Lidded Vessels

Lidded vessels are basically two forms in one—the jar and the lid—and getting those to work cohesively is a fun challenge for the potter. Steve Rolf embraces this challenge and uses it as an excuse to play around with form and decoration in his studio. In this video, Steve shares a few different approaches to lidded jars, as well as a pouring vessel with an attached spout.

Runtime: 1 hour, 50 minutes

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Here’s a sampling of what you’ll learn:

  • Strategies that will help you avoid common lid problems and make lids that fit like a glove
  • How to make both hollow and solid knobs
  • A variety of surface techniques to create interest and cohesion in forms
  • How to throw a jar in two pieces that is round on top and square on the bottom
  • The secret to making an attached spout that doesn’t drip, and more!
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