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How To Make a Triple Bud Vase

Every once in a while I find myself sitting at my work table in a funk... you know what I mean. You don't really want, or don't have time, to get involved in a project... but you're not quite ready to call it quits for the day either.

Well, I found myself in that situation the other day, so I took some scraps off the table and started to play with them. Immediately, I found myself making a cute little triple bud vase that only took about 15 minutes, but it was the perfect way to end that funk!

Grab your coffee and follow me to the studio and we'll make one together!

What you will need:

  • 1-2lbs of clay
  • needle tool
  • various size dowel rods
  • scoring tool
  • slip
  • Texture
  • sponge/water

1. The first step is to roll 3 coils of clay in different lengths and roughly 1" thick. Once you roll them, trim the ends nice and neat.

2. Insert the smallest dowel into the center of a coil and push it all the way through.

3. Hold both ends tightly near the clay and roll away from you applying pressure to expand the diameter of the hole.

4. Remove the first dowel and insert the next size. This time rolling your hands with the dowel until the holes diameter is large enough for the next dowel, or until it's the diameter you want for your vase.

5. On the last roll, you can roll it across a texture mat, beans/seeds, string, whatever you want for some texture.


I used a fettling knife to draw lines that I will twist I used a fettling knife to draw lines that I will twist

6. Take the clay off the dowel and repeat steps 1-5 with the other two coils of clay.

Now that we have the three pieces rolled, textured and ready to go, it's time to enhance and assemble them.

Set all three pieces on a piece of clay and cut out a base

Score and slip the base and the bottoms of your vases, attach them together, and trim off the excess (this is when you would score/slip the vases together as well)

I love unique so the simplicity of changing these tubes into something special is quite appealing. Add a little flare to the rim, a belly to the base, or a curve and twist to the entire thing, and all of a sudden it's very unique.

Have fun with this project... it's supposed to be a little off center, crooked, and fun to look at!


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