People who have a passion experience the release of their own potential. They have a possibility to become creative. And that is the best way to get to know your inner self and understand the surrounding world. We have a passion for pottery. Pottery is our way to achieve this.
The set of our films will take you thousands of years back in the past to the origins of human civilization, where lie the sources of one of the oldest crafts on Earth – pottery. Every single period will bring you closer to the present days and show you how important is the art of creative observation of natural phenomena. Then you will understand the fact that you also have the potential to become a creator, a potter. If you accept the properties of clay with humility, you will be able to change it in your own way.
We give you the knowledge which will allow you to embark on your own journey into the future with a new friend, with clay. Remember! Clay is patient and forgiving... it’ll wait until you are ready to begin your journey into the world of pottery.
Firstly, for those who know nothing about pottery and don’t know where to begin, but want to check if pottery may turn into their passion and make them happier.
Secondly, for those who already know something about pottery and want to systematize their knowledge.
Thirdly, for those who mastered this craft. We all know what a pleasure it is to watch other potters. Confronting your experience with the experience of other potters and watching good as well as bad solutions may enrich your practical knowledge.
We begin with presenting five basic hand-building techniques. In the beginning we won’t need any tools, kilns or fully equipped workshops; we’ll need only our bare hands and some clay. In tine, when you discover that pottery is your true love and that it is worth investing your money in, we will show you the properties of clay, necessary tools and the equipment of a potter’s workshop.
After watching our tutorials you will be able to create almost any form you wish since it is probably the best set of tutorials concerning the hand-building methods in the entire world.
We invite you for a journey into the world of pottery.
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"... I know what pottery may become. I also know that during its creation we are likely to encounter a metaphysical factor, which can be the source of amazement and childlike joy"
I couldn’t agree more with these words. They were said by my friend, who also is a potter.
Thirty year experience as a potter seems to allow you to instruct others in the field of pottery, especially in the field of basic hand-building techniques. At least that’s what we’d thought before we carried out the TTAL project. Placing the camcorder in front of an experienced potter and recording in high quality all the actions was supposed to be enough to make the best tutorials ever about the basic hand-building methods. It was to be pleasant, enjoyable and short, not longer than a standard lesson in the workshop.
We did so.
The final product was essentially flawless; we know our craft perfectly after all. It was cinematically correct; we gained some experience. It was, however, terribly boring; boring as well as extremely disappointing. The films failed to convey our feelings towards pottery because of the lack of a spoken word. Have you ever been ashamed, embarrassed or bewildered? It isn’t pleasant when you feel all this at the same time.
We decided to start all over again. Everything we’d done was thrown away.
When you want to talk about the basic methods of forming clay and you’ve been a potter for more than thirty years, you must overcome the problem of explaining the obvious. You already know that every set of knowledge can be well ordered, but the vast majority of this knowledge you use subconsciously. You have this knowledge and you do not think how to do but what to do. It is similar to metaphysical feelings – you just know how things work and you don’t think about why they work is such a manner. We’ve had to analyze and synthesize the results to move forward. We identified five methods of clay hand-building and defined seven rules which must be obeyed while working with clay. We also proved that every activity you’re involved in during working with clay is commonly known from everyday life.
And once more... we threw everything away.
Learning the techniques gives you a basis to fulfill your ideas. Thanks to them you’ll be able to fulfill any ceramic project. Yes, we are fully confident that after watching our tutorials you’ll be able to build almost any form. But reducing pottery to purely technique matters would be a simplification. Thirty years devoted to pottery require something more personal. This time our project may fight for the title: The best in the world set of tutorials describing the methods of hand-building.
The final version was made in the space of two years.