An excellent lesson on creating new forms from a slab of clay!
An excellent lesson on creating new forms from a slab of clay!
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When learning to hand build, one of the biggest challenges can be staring at that slab or lump of clay and envisioning an interesting form. That "blank canvas" can be pretty intimidating. So I absolutely love the "clay sketching" exercise Liz Zlot Summerfield shares in her brand new DVD Handbuilt Forms with Soft Slabs: Developing Ideas, Sketches, and Patterns into Functional Pottery. In this clip, you'll see that lesson, plus Liz demonstrates how she uses it to make the bodies of her creamer and sugar sets- Jennifer Harnetty, editor. 
NEW RELEASE! The Cure for Blank Canvas Syndrome!
Have you ever stared at a slab of clay and been completely immobilized? That blank canvas is a big hurdle to overcome when you are new to handbuilding, or if your are wanting to move in a new direction. But not if you have some tools to help you envision the potential of the slab. In her brand new DVD, Liz Zlot Summerfield gives straighforward tips and techniques for developing interesting and beautiful handbuilt forms.
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Through the work of today's makers, Sculpting and Handbuilding looks at new methods of building by hand, including mixed media work, sculptural methods, vessels and surface decoration, illuminating a wide variety of forms and styles. This book is an essential guide for any ceramic artist or student wishing to learn the basics of handbuilding, or seeking inspiration to integrate and adapt conventional methods.
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