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Ceramics at Home: Building Dishes by Hand

Emily Reinhardt, The Object Enthusiast

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7 Videos (28m)
    • Introduction

    • Hand Building: Slump Mold

    • Hand Building: Slab Build

    • Hand Building: Pinch and Coil

    • Prepping Your Pieces for FIre

    • Glazing

    • Adding Detail and Design


About This Class

The craft of ceramics is beautiful, but gathering the resources can make it tricky to get started. Enter: hand building!

Join ceramicist Emily Reinhardt in her studio in Kansas City for a beautiful and informative 30-minute class on 3 different ways to make your own ceramic piece by hand (no pottery wheel required). Emily creates 3 dishes from start to finish, using a different building method, clay, and glaze for each — and then adding final painted details to give each piece a personal touch.

If you're curious about what pottery is all about, or just interested in making something beautiful, this class is for you. Throughout the lessons, Emily's work style reveals the simple yet wide breadth of ceramics possibilities, and you'll be sure to want to create your own piece!


Note: In this class, Emily primarily uses her own kiln to fire her pieces. If you are hand-building at home, please seek out a local ceramic studio with a kiln to fire and finish your work.

75 of 82 students recommendSee All

quick handbuilding skills for small dishes. Like the class, and learned a little about using gold and silver as a final touch.
simple and good
would love to hear more about clay/glaze firing techniques





Emily Reinhardt

The Object Enthusiast

Emily aims to find the artful in the ordinary. Since discovering ceramics in college, she delights in creating vessels that will become heirlooms for the modern traditionalist.

Emily's ceramic work is characterized by earthy imperfections, a range of shapes that emerge organically, and playful, irreplicable patterns. I want my pots to be multifunctional; what one person uses as a planter another may use as a home for tiny treasures.

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