A Pottery Adventure

May 23, 2016 , In: Ceramic Clay, Clay, Inspiration, Studio

I was a bit stuck over what to write about this week. I’ve not touched anything bead or jewellery related for a while, so I thought I’d share some of what I’ve been up to while not making beads. About 3 years ago, I acquired a pottery wheel. Every so often I would sit down and have a go and when beautiful pots didn’t appear before my eyes I would put a board on it and it would go back to being a table.

My wheel

Here it is looking unusually clean! Can’t say the same for the surrounding area… I’m a messy worker!

It’s been a dream of mine since I was young to have a wheel, but each time I sat down, I got the feeling that the time wasn’t right and I’d give up and pack it up again. A couple of weeks ago, I moved it to the other side of the shed where it was a bit more accessible and tried again… something clicked and I managed to make a few things I was nearly happy with.

Wedged clay ready for throwing


Throwing the clay down




Opening up to create the base


Lifting the walls


Tidying up


Cut off the wheel
I’m not quite up to making a matching set yet, but I like different!


Drying overnight so they’re ready to trim

It’s great to finally feel like I’m getting somewhere!

So with my new found confidence, I decided to try out some mugs. I’ve been mad for carving recently, (it all started with Lindsay’s Eye challenge when I made Egyptian eye cabochons) and wanted to try the technique out on a larger scale. So after trimming my pots, I carved the design on to them and pulled some handles.

Action Shot – Trimming the foot


Scoring the design


Carved and smoothed
Extruded sausages ready to pull handles


Curving the handles

This is the first one drying out ready for a bisque firing.

Waiting to fire. 

Still a bit wobbly, but getting closer to looking just like a real one!

I’ll be working on the rest of them this week… hopefully I won’t mess them up in the glaze firing!



Caroline Dewison

Caroline Dewison is a lifelong addict of anything creative. She settled on ceramic beadmaking 3 years ago and can be found most days at the bottom of her garden playing with mud in her studio. She draws her inspiration from the natural world and wishes there were more hours in the day to explore all the ideas in her sketchbook. You can see more of her work on her blog -
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    Caroline, you are following my dream. I always wanted to work on a wheel but never had the chance. You mugs look awesome and I can't wait to see the finished pieces. Love the carving you did on the first one. Keep up the good work.

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    Great Attempt, will you be glazing them?

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    Looking good!

  4. Looking fab!!! Especially loving the carved mug. I've been enjoying Simon Leech's YouTube videos on throwing recently, picked up alot!

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    Oh wow Caroline, your mug and pots are wonderful, keep showing us your progress

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    Wow… I'd say you totally scored with these. That mug is absolutely amazing and adorable. I'd drink my cherished coffee …. Would love to see them all finished and glazed too. We never know if we never try right? So.keep playing, experimenting, and trying. I think you're on to something great! !!!

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    Thanks everyone 🙂 They will be glazed Divya, not sure how yet though, they're in for a bisque firing so I'll decide when I see if they've survived! And I love Simon Leech's videos Kat… I bet he's great fun to work with!

  8. Gorgeous! I love the carving and smoothing results…can't wait to see everything glazed 🙂

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    Looking great! I'd drink my tea outta that mug.

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    Nothing wobbly about this at all. Is it funny that this makes me want to throw too? Ironic since I teach throwing to my students but always handbill. LOL. Maybe its your hare motif – since we know I adore it!

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    Uh-oh….Caroline, meet Mugaholic! Sure hope you'll show us when they're done…

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    Seems like hard wwork, but I am glad you get to follow yet another dream. The mug is looking great dont forget to share the completed piece please.

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    Yay! Nice to get rolling, isn't it!

    I really want to get a wheel for my dad – maybe get him interested in clay again, but they're so expensive! Then I found out through my brother, who is a police liaison for a middle school, that his school had several kickwheel style ones that the custodian thinks they threw away! OH, THE HUMANITY!

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    Love that mug! Can't wait to see it finished!

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    Nice one! I love that carving. Hope they turn out okay after the firing cause I can't wait to see them! Will they be for sale? Claire x

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      Thanks Claire, hoping so… once I've worked out what to do with them! 🙂

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    Love it – makes me itch to get back to the wheel!

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    Oh wow loving the rabbit,I have to say I really want to have another go at throwing. Billie's inspiring me too, she is doing so well with her throwing at college.
    Well looks like you've got the knack if it now!!

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    Thank you again everyone… I will share pics when they're finished. Fingers crossed they turn out well 🙂

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    Es una taza maravillosa.
    ¡Gran trabajo! 🙂

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