Instructional Video on Making Spoons and Scoops

 

ceramic scoops LucyFagella.com

 

I am excited to share my first full length Instructional Video on Making Spoons and Scoops! People always ask me how do I make my ceramic spoons, so I thought this would make a great instructional video.

This is a detailed, start to finish pottery lesson on making ceramic spoons and scoops on the potters wheel. In this video I will demonstrate methods of throwing, cutting, altering and joining to create finished spoons and scoops. I will also talk about decorating and firing. Your end product will be useful, functional and decorative spoons and scoops that you will feel confident to sell, or to just give away as gifts. You can watch a promo video, and purchase the full length video at teachable.com.

I have been a potter for over 30 years, and ceramic instructor for nearly 30 years, and have a wealth of knowledge to share with beginner to advanced pottery students. I tend to give a lot of that knowledge away for free on Instagram, Facebook and Youtube… but I want to get into more detail with my videos… little snippets are good, but just not enough for those wanting to really learn more about this difficult craft. Students want more too, and have asked me for longer videos, so I thought why not give it a go!

I love the whole video process, from filming to editing, but have found that it takes a whole lot of time to make even a short video. The editing takes enormous amounts of time… probably 80% longer than the actual filming. It’s another whole job on-top of being a full time potter! Since it takes lots of time to create something of value, these lessons will be sold through teachable.com. When you purchase a video there is no time limit as to how long it is available… it is yours to keep forever through teachable! You don’t have to worry about downloads taking up all the space on your computer, or fussing with dropbox to get access to the video!

There are different names for gaining knowledge online… courses, classes, lessons, lectures, membership sites, and subscription service… (I may be missing a couple). I have chosen to name these videos, ‘Online Pottery Lessons” because it is one lesson at a time.

This first Online Pottery Lesson – “Making Ceramic Spoons on the Potters Wheel” is geared for intermediate to advanced students, but not to worry beginners, more to come in the future for you on basics. I would love it if you contacted me and let me know what you would like to see in a video!

I know that many people want to learn the craft of pottery, but do not have access to pottery classes. This is part of the reason I am creating these videos. Think of these as taking a class with me at my studio! These videos are like a one on one pottery lesson. One of my fondest memories as a teenager was getting ten private pottery lessons from a local potter. It was my high school graduation present from my parents. I learned so much from those one on one lessons! So in memory of first pottery teacher, I thought “Pottery Lessons” would be a fitting name. You can visit my lessons here.

 

Cross Section of a Citrus Juicer

Sometimes it’s good to show a cross section of a citrus juicer. This is one of those pieces that most people ask me how it is made. So I put together this 40 second video to give an idea of how it is made by cutting it in half.

You can find this in my shop here, for purchase. If you would like to see more video on how the citrus juicer is made on the potters wheel, please visit my YouTube channel here!

Citrus Juicer Reamer Lucy Fagella

Making Oval Pitchers

Making oval pitchers (or any oval form) is one of the easier projects on the potters wheel. Basically every beginner student has mistakenly gone through the bottom of a pot. When you make an oval form on the potters wheel you just go through the bottom on purpose! Well, there is a little more to it than that, so here are two very quick videos to see how it is done. The first video is only 20 seconds, showing how I make a spout for the oval pitcher. The second video is a little over a minute showing how to join the oval to a cutout slab of clay for the bottom. You can see how I join a handle to this pitcher in an earlier post here.

If you would like to see all of my videos in one place visit my Youtube Channel here, where you can subscribe to keep up with the latest videos!

The finished pitcher fresh from the kiln.

Making Oval Pitchers Lucy Fagella

Making a Pulled Handle on a Pitcher

Making a pulled handle on a pitcher or a mug is a challenge, sometimes I don’t think the consumer/user of a mug or pitcher understands what goes into the making of a handle. So here is a little video to get just a quick one minute glimpse of pulling a handle for a pitcher. If you want to see more of my teaching videos subscribe on my Youtube channel Here.

 

 

 

Making an Apple Baker

Making an apple baker on the potters wheel… just another little one minute, “Quick Pottery” video.

I live in an area that has some of the most wonderful apple orchards, and it was a very good year for apples! In addition to the top quality apples from the farms, we have an old Cortland apple tree on our land which over flowed with apples. I think Cortlands make the best baked apples, they have been a regular as dessert at our table this past month.

Here is a glimpse of the apple bakers in process… love the look of them freshly thrown all lined up. These will be available at my Holiday Open Studio Sale! December 11-12-13!

Apple bakers freshly thrown Luciapottery.com