Making a Large or Giant Pot

For many potters the goal is to make a large pot. Below you will find the technique Robert currently uses.
Christine and Robert standing next to large pot.
Christine and Robert standing next to large pot.
Rolling a coil
Robert rolling a coil.

Rolling a Coil

Coils are rolled on a canvas covered table. Robert has found that coils which are rolled tend be more plastic than extruded coils. With a little practice a six foot coil can be rolled in just a couple of minutes.

Adding a Coil

A soft coil is easy to work on to the rim of a pot that has been firmed with a torch.
The coil is supported on Robert's shoulder to prevent it from stretching.
Adding a coil.
Working the coil
Working the coil

Working in the Coil

Once the coil is in place, he works to join the coil to the pot.

Centering

Robert begins by centering a 20 pound piece of wedged clay on the wheel.

 

Centering
Centering

Raising The Coil

Using as little water as possible, Robert pulls the wall higher and uses ribs to shape the contour.
Raising the coil
Raising the coil
Torching pot
Torching pot.

Stiffing The Clay

This technique works best when coils are even and soft. The lower section of the pot must be dried sufficiently, to support additional coils. You can see our apprentice, Bryan, using a torch to heat a freshly thrown form. Once the clay stiffens he will add more coils without fear of the walls collapsing. The process is repeated after each coil has been thrown.

Adding a Handle

Once the last section is complete, handles are added and the covered jar is finished. This can all be done in one session using heat to dry the pot, as needed.
Adding a Handle
Adding a Handle
Giant Pots
Christine sitting with big pots.

Finished Giant Pots

Here are some of the many large pots Robert has made over the years.