The Lucy Fagella Pottery Blog is where I share the how the pottery is made. Pottery process is a beautiful thing… watching a pot rise up from a lump of clay at the wheel, or seeing a work table filled with freshly thrown pieces. This blog focuses on process shots, pottery videos, the work table at the end of the day, and some finished work fresh from the kiln.

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Quick Pottery- Making a Thrown Knob for a Lid

Another quick pottery video!  This one is on how I make a thrown knob for a lid.  These are my little salt cellars pictured in the video thumbnail, all lined up looking like they are ready for action.  The salt cellars are at the leather hard stage, and the knobs are all just freshly thrown in that photo. I put one finished salt cellar in front… this is to show what they will end up looking like, but also to show the size difference.  The porcelain clay shrinks 14%, so I have to make them that much larger to get the 3″x3″ size that I like.  These hold just the right amount of salt without taking up too much space on your table.  I make these in quite a few different colors, and all are available right here on the shop page of my website, so take a look!

I Love Freshly Pulled Handles on Porcelain

Love the look of freshly pulled handles with porcelain clay.  Here is a look at fresh handle, just put on the mug. Lots more to go today… I feel some sore shoulders coming on. If you don’t know the pottery process, the handles are pulled from a small lump of clay put on the mug… arms are up high, pulling the clay to form the handle. Very tiring after about ten of them… I have 22 to do today. This was only number one!

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Here is what it looks like finished… coming soon to the shop page!

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Carved, Etched, Engraved, Incised?

Urn Process Wax Resist method

How do you do that? Are these carved, etched, engraved, incised? These are the questions I inevitably get asked when people see these urns. The above photo is work in process – where you can see the green wax resist pattern/decoration on the porcelain clay. This method is called shellac resist or water etching. The medium I choose is wax rather than shellac, mainly because I don’t like the odor of the shellac. They both work the same way in terms of resisting the water from my sponge as I rub the surface of the clay (water abraision). So I guess in a sense they are carved, incised, engraved or etched… just put the word water in front of those words. Water incised clay, water etched clay, water carved clay, water engraved clay. Potters just tend to say shellac resist method!

To see these finished urns just go to my urn page here on the website.

Work in Process – Tall Two Piece Forms

Making tall two piece forms is certainly a good post for work in process as there are many steps to the finished product. In an earlier post I showed a quick one minute video on how I join two 8″ pieces together to make a 16″ form, (granted this is not that tall, but this is the size I need for this urn project).  In this post I will show a photo of work in process, and a short video on how I carve the foot. In my next post I will talk about how I use wax resist to make a floral/vine pattern on the urn.

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“Quick Pottery”… Not Really

Quick Pottery, no… not really, just the magic of editing!

Pottery is the furthest thing from quick.  Each pot that you watch me throw on the potters wheel has thirty years of experience behind it. It is one of the most difficult craft forms to learn… glass blowing may be the only thing more difficult. I have done that too, but only for a little while in college… it almost won me over, but I loved pottery too much!

Making pottery on the wheel takes lots of patience, and perseverance… but is so much fun.  If you haven’t tried it maybe it’s time to find an art center near you and give it a go.

Here is another little one minute “Quick Pottery” video to take a look at.  To keep updated on all my pottery videos subscribe to my youtube channel (Lucy Fagella)


Quick Pottery Video – Making a Citrus Juicer

I’ve made another quick pottery video, this one is on making a citrus juicer.  These one minute videos are just for fun… just a little pottery making entertainment.  There will be longer teaching videos to come in the future. For now enjoy these “Quick Pottery” videos on my Youtube Channel, and please subscribe to my channel if you like what you see!


Tall Pitchers on the Work Table, Part 3

Finished pitchers are on the work table today.  I really love the way porcelain looks at this stage, sometimes I wish I could just keep them this way!

The pitchers now just need to dry slowly for a few days under plastic. Once they are completely dry they will go into the kiln for the bisque firing, which is nine hours.  Next is glazing, and maybe some decoration on some of the pitchers, and then the fifteen hour glaze firing.  Lots of other things are happening in the studio in-between all of this, so in a couple of more weeks I will post some photos of the finished pitchers!

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Tall Pitchers on the Work Table, Part 2

Part 2 of my tall pitchers in process on the work table.  After I have trimmed the pitchers I am ready to carve a couple of them, and attach handles.  The carving comes first… this vertical stripe is simply done with an ordinary kitchen tool… a lemon zester. Handles are pulled and set up to dry a little before I cut and attach them to the pitchers.  Hmm…. seems like I could use a video on this about now… someday I will. 🙂 For now photos will do.


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