Hand Building


The art of shaping clay by hand has a long tradition. Handbills ceramic utensils for household purposes date back to neolithic civlizations. Neither the invention of the potters’s wheel nor the 6000 years of use has rendered this craft out of date. And hand building stills offers a direct personal involvement with the material which I am really interested for this particular project, a sense of participation, collaboration, identification which can’t be created with the wheel.

It is a way that requires minimal equipment. Homemade carved sticks or commercial wood modelling tools may be used, but the only real necessities are hands and clay. Different hand building methods include pinch and slab building but im particularly interested on coil building and there is the opportunity of the involvement of two people on this process.

More primitive ways of coiling at Gakoigo pottery village:

To more contemporary ways of coiling here seen on this series by Kate Malone (a must watch):


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BA (Hons) Final Year Ceramics student at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Love experimenting with material and techniques and work on a range of medium.

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