From Clay to Jar – Part II: Preparing the Top

Rick Hintze with Charles Cottle —

This is the second in a series of videos in which Rick Hintze, an accomplished potter from Whitewater, Wisconsin, demonstrates the complete process of making a jar from clay to finished product. In the previous installment, Rick demonstrated the “throwing” of the jar on a wheel. He also made a top for the jar. In the present video, he finishes the top by sculpting the top and making a knob for it.  If you have never seen how pottery artists work, I hope you find this series interesting. If you are familiar with ceramic arts, this is your chance to see a first-class potter at work. Rick’s pieces have been exhibited nationally at several prestigious locations, including the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

Charles Cottle

Rick HintzeRick Hintze (Author) – Potter, Johnson Creek, Wisconsin. He has received numerous awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, an Iowa Arts Council Artist Project Grant, and an Award of Excellence from the American Craft Council. His work is in the collections of several museums, public libraries, and colleges.

2 thoughts on “From Clay to Jar – Part II: Preparing the Top

  1. A real treat to watch as I took a Ceramics I class in grad school early 70’s and still have the undistinguished pot on a shelf above where I write and type. The video is a wonderful addition to the prose contributions of Wise Guys.


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