pinch, coil, repeat

January 28, 2019

I’m learning how to make pinch pots, and then adding coils for additional height. It’s kind of amazing to me how large a vessel made entirely from coils can get. Lawson Oyekan‘s monolithic sculptures are entirely pinched and coiled. I find Candice Methe‘s massive hand-pinched pots so very exciting, too. A friend showed me Maria Martinez‘ work last week; a legendary native American potter who made pots using long tubes of clay. Mine are still quite small, and they very often crack as I still have so much to learn. Timing is key, and as with all things pottery, the best vessels are ones made slowly. Here, Marea Gazzard, one of England’s most significant mid century ceramicists, coils a pot.

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