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Pottery: forming the bottom

гончарное дело: формирование дна

We are continuing to disassemble the main stages of work on the potter’s wheel. In this lesson we will learn to form the bottom of the vessel. So, we have a well-centered piece of clay.

Homemade Pottery Wheel (Using Treadmill motor)

Гончарный круг своими руками с мотором от беговой дорожки

There is a wonderful Master Class on making homemade pottery wheel by VertDude. He made it by using the treadmill motor. 

Whichford Pottery

Wonderful workshop Whichford Pottery. How do they make handmade terracotta pots.


Лепим из глины. Кружевное сердце

The opening of the Olympic games in Sochi became known all over the world; the Ukraine is still raging; America keeps sticking its nose in everybody else’s business… Our war vehicle is by the window and it does not start… It’s high time to sit by a warm radiator and do something for pleasure)). Today […]

A journey: trying to find good clay

Был я на копанце - в поисках глины

Today we are going off on a journey: we will look for good pottery clay. Here in Togliatti there is a potter uncle Misha (like in that movie) – he comes from the village Sukhoy Karsun (it’s in Ulyanovsk region). And he works with clay only brought from there. This clay suits for work on […]

A pottery wheel

It is an old good Soviet movie about a village potter Michael Luckich Bolotnikov.

Happy New Year!

Dear friends! From all my heart I congratulate you with New 2014 year! May all the good things you had in the old year come with you to this new year and may you forget all the bad things. I wish you to have more joyful moments, love and all the best! Be happy! And […]

Сlay molding. Imprints

Гончарное дело. Отпечатки на глине. Инструменты

Winter came with its magic, drawings on windows and snow-flakes each of which is unique. Mumintrolls go into hibernation at this time, and we will make tools for decorating our clayware today.

Wonderland – the store of creative goods

Good afternoon dear subscribers, and those who visited our website accidentally (or on purpose:) Today we will look for a store in which we can sell small pots that we made on our potter’s wheel.

Pottery: centering

Гончарное дело. Центровка

Good afternoon, my dear friends… and everybody)). So, we begin to see into the main stages of work on a pottery wheel. Today we will learn centering. It is one of the most difficult stages for those who just begin to practice pottery. It is like brining up kids: you need children to obey and […]