Archive: August 2012 — jepsonpottery.com

Trimming on wet clay chuck

I use a wet clay chuck to trim all thrown pots that require a cut foot on the bottom. When I was a beginner in 1965 at the University of Iowa a Japanese potter (Sakuma) demonstrated throwing and trimming. The fellow used a wet clay chuck for trimming every piece that needed inverting. I did not catch on to how important this was until years later. It was after I received my MFA from Alfred and heavily into production in the mid-70s that I began to trim every piece on a wet clay chuck. Trimming had been experienced as a task–drudgery. I did not enjoy trimming, at all; until that is I began using...

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Stephen Jepson’s number 1 rule of clay

Work with the clay being as soft as it can possibly be and still yield the results you desireIn 1965 as a student at the University of Iowa I took a beginning course in pottery. I was 24 years old. I had spent much of the previous 2 years pumping iron at a local gym in Sioux City, Iowa. I was in extremely good physical shape. I could do 100 push-ups, 29 pull-ups, 30 push-ups with my right arm, 15 with my left, and on and on. And this is probably the reason that I learned to make pottery; because I was so relatively strong. Because the clay I was given to work with in the beginning was dry and very...

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Hello from jepsonpottery.com

Hello! Welcome to to my website.  I will be posting stories, and interesting content regularly. Please subscribe to receive new, and updated posts(at the bottom of the page). Warmly, Stephen

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