DVD REVIEW- Ceramics Handbuilding: Pinch and Coil Construction

December 9, 2010
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This DVD teaches the viewer four basic skills needed for building pottery by hand.

Ceramics Handbuilding: Pinch and Coil Construction is an excellent introduction to pinching and coiling as a process of pottery making. According to the video instructor, Mollie Favour, the advantage of handbuilding is that it only takes some clay and a few simple tools-many that can be supplied directly from the kitchen. In this lesson, Favour instructs viewers in the production of several complete projects.

Favour teaches the viewer four basic skills needed for building pottery by hand. First, she demonstrates clay preparation by “spiral” wedging. This is a primary skill all new potters must acquire, and Favour demonstrates the method clearly. Next she shows how to make pottery via the pinch method. Then, she shows how to make and use coils. And finally, she demonstrates how to pull a handle.

These basic actions equip new artists to tackle the many handmade projects in the video. These projects include: a bowl, a box with lid, an oval vessel, and a coffee mug. Basic materials, such as slip and glaze, are explained. Favour also shows how she decorates her pots with colored slips and a brush before firing them with a clear glaze.

Mollie Favour’s simple, yet concise directions are easy enough for the beginning potter to begin creating right away. I was troubled somewhat by the quality of the camerawork; I found that the artist’s hands were out of frame much too often for an instructional video. However, I am still recommending this as a teaching aid for beginning potters and those that would like to begin again.

Title: Ceramics Handbuilding: Pinch and Coil Construction
Length: 28 min.
Price: $29.95

For more information, visit www.crystalproductions.com.


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