Slow Made Pottery

I choose to make slow made pottery… that is one at a time, by my hands only.

Here is a little video with some Sunday music, (slowed down a bit more than usual, for effect).

This short little video shows me trimming a plate on a foam bat. The plate is pushed into the foam with my fingers. I use a large lid from a jar to evenly distribute the pressure of my fingers, so as not to dent the bottom of the pot. Plates create lots of ribbon like trimmings!

These particular plates that I am trimming are for a custom order of plates and chalices. I will be making ten plates (aka Paten) and ten chalices for a church in Southern California.


To purchase Chalices and Plates visit my shop here.

Chalice and Paten


Making Ceramic Sugar Jars

Making ceramic sugar jars, with a lid, in one piece, requires some practice… make that, lots of practice. You start by making a closed form that looks like the finished piece, but taller, with a groove for where the lid will sit in the pot. When the piece becomes leather hard, you cut into the form to separate the lid from the rest of the pot. Here are a few photos of what the form looks like at the end of both steps, and the finished sugar jar complete with a spoon.


making ceramic sugar jars Lucy Fagella
One piece sugar jar form, freshly thrown. 


Making ceramic sugar jars Lucy Fagella
After the lid is cut, sugar jars drying

The lids are cut from the form and trimmed to sit snug in the lid gallery. I will let them dry slowly under plastic for a few days, then soften any high sharper spots before they go into the bisque kiln. The glazes will be semi-transparent and will pool into the grooves that I have created. I will use a few different color glazes for these sugar jars, some springtime colors… pale greens and blues, along with some golden amber which reminds me of honey… I guess these would make good honey jars too!  Much of my work is standard ware, (meaning they all have similar features and size, making them easily repeatable for online ordering and wholesale accounts). I wanted this batch of sugar jars to be one of a kind for the up-coming shows. I have two shows coming right up in April and May, the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail, and the Worcester Pottery Invitational!

Here is a customer favorite, a red dot sugar jar and spoon, working in my kitchen on a hot summer day.

Sugar Jar with Spoon Lucy Fagella

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

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!

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.

Process two piece urns luciapottery