What If? Explorations with Texture and Slabs
In this best-selling Ceramic Arts Daily DVD, Sandi Pierantozzi skillfully demonstrates her soft slab handbuilding techniques, which she has perfected over the past 25 years. Sandi guides you through a variety of her signature processes and demonstrates how a wide variety of forms can be created from the same beginning. By showing a vast array of possibilities for form, Sandi will engage you in the creative process, encouraging the question of “What if I try this…?” A seasoned workshop presenter, Sandi clearly and concisely covers practical topics you may have wondered about. Once you see her work and her demonstrations, you’ll realize how her style has now become a part of the studio ceramic art vocabulary.
Runtime: 3 hours — 2 discs
This is one of the best DVDs I have ever seen–the instructions were clear, concise and easy to follow. I like that she went from beginning to end and feel confident that I could successfully attempt any of the projects that she demonstrated. – G., Indiana
A beginner could use this DVD set to learn everything needed to get started in clay. An experienced potter could use the techniques shown to have years of great fun producing gorgeous pottery. Even well seasoned potters will learn a thing or two. – E.W., Texas
What you’ll discover about Sandi is the elegant way she approaches the clay and teaching. Clear, concise and orderly are three words that could best summarize a delivery that’s been honed over the years in countless workshops and demonstrations. A generous person both in the studio and out, Sandi provides so much information about soft slab construction, textures, templates and darts, you’ll find the PAUSE button on your DVD to be a best friend.
Many forms from a single source
The key to Sandi’s style of working is that she can take a simple cylinder and ask “what if?” over and over at various junctures of the process. What if the cylinder is tall, short; what if the texture is all over or overlapping; what if a piece is cut out here and reassembled; or what if you create three legs or fours. The key to the video is that you learn so many tips and techniques you’ll wonder how you’ll ever explore all the “what if” possibilities.
This is a very good tool for learning about the techniques that she uses. And of course you can watch it over and over. I was impressed. This one by Sandi P moves quickly and keeps you interest. Nice projects, inventive ideas, quality workmanship. Well done. – M.D. Texas
I learned more from this DVD than I learned in 3, 2 month long classes. – L.C., Texas
It presented basics that somehow I had missed and gave a me solid foundation on which to apply my own creativity. I love it and it will be a staple in my studio. – M., Washington
What you get
Sandi covers topics such as choosing the right clay, rolling a good slab using a rolling pin, ideas for all kinds of textures, how to add volume, working with circular and rectangular templates, altering forms with darting, making good handles, making lids, tripod feet, and more. She maintains that techniques are the building blocks for anything you want to achieve in clay.
A lifetime of ideas
If you were able to get through this entire DVD and actually try every technique Sandi demonstrates, you may have missed the point. With Sandi constantly asking “What if?” throughout the program, you soon find yourself exploring so many possibilities with each technique — not a bad thing. But unlike a workshop, you can return over and over again until, perhaps years from now, you reach the end.