On December 20, I was able to take a one-day demo workshop with Adam Field at HPG. Adam and his family were on vacation in Maui and carved out a day to be with us in Honolulu. For the first half of the day, Adam was showing us the way he makes cylinders on the wheel and how he forms cups from them. He also showed us how he throws off the hump and how he decorates both the inside and outside of his cups immediately after throwing. During the second half of the day, he showed us how to make a carving tool from a piece of spring steel (it involves a bench grinder) and how to use that tool to carve pots that are leather hard. I wasn't expecting this, but he showed us how he uses a laser to lay out a design on a pot. He primarily uses this technique on larger pots where the design is more complicated and it's easier for the design to get out of shape if it isn't laid out well from the very beginning. The ground he covered in the workshop is the same as he covers in his new DVD: Precision Throwing & Intricate Carving, but I enjoyed the opportunity to ask questions and get greater clarity about what he was doing and why. Adam's a great teacher and very clear in his explanations. I recommend his DVD and why not ask him to do a workshop?
I began potting in January of 2012. Because I'm so new to potting, I think I understand the challenges of beginning potters and hope this blog will be encouraging to them and a source of helpful information and comment. I hope you'll join the conversation!