Art Pottery: An Artisan at Work

Through the power of modern day tools such as Youtube, the centuries old techniques and work  that this artisan (potter) demonstrates in this video becomes a powerful testimony to the skills and techniques passed down through generations and utilized in order to create a modern example of an ancient Greek vase.

It’s techniques similar to these which have contributed to some of the most well known American collectible potteries such as Rookwood, Napco, Lefton, etc.

In modern times, we tend to take for granted all the manufacturing processes that are involved in making the pottery and ceramic items we use everyday.  Perhaps watching this video  will allow you to see just what goes into making all the ceramic ware that is used in our daily life, such as dishes, cups, mugs and saucers in a new light.

Before modern day manufacturing techniques, this was the only way a household could obtain dishware or decorative items for their homes.

Ceramic Terms

I have  included a few ceramic terms that are pertinent to this video:

Fabric :  the clay body or paste of a ceramic.

Leather Hard:  The stage in which unfired pottery is no longer in a plastic or wet state, and can be handled without distortion to the form.

Paste:   The clays and other materials that constitute the body of a vessel.

Press Molded: A vessel or vessel element ( such as a handle or spout) which is formed by pushing wet clay over a mold.

Slip:   A liquid mixture of clay and water applied to vessel surfaces.

Throwing:  The manufacture of pottery by  hand on a wheel.