Video Pottery Lessons & Mentorship

*Starting at $5 per month


Are you a beginner taking clay classes, looking for some extra guidance? Are you a well-seasoned pottery buff with your own studio looking for new ideas? Want to hone your skills and develop your work? Well we have what you need to help YOU Make Your Best POTS!

At the end of every month 4-5 new instructional videos are added to the ever-growing Spector Studios library of pottery projects and information. You can access this library by subscribing for as little as $5/month. Different pledge tiers unlock more monthly benefits (like downloadable templates and pdf’s), with the highest tier giving you one-on-one All Access to Adam (and guest appearance pipe-ins from Sarah!) who will personally mentor you towards your clay-related goals!

Adam & Sarah want to share their wealth of clay knowledge with you! Here’s how to sign up:

1.     Click to become a Patron! ( is a website that provides subscription membership tools for artists and is where the videos and resources Adam and Sarah make for you “live”).

2.     Choose your membership level

3.     Create an account

4.     Add payment and confirm and immediately have access to lessons and content!

Join Now! Your new online pottery home is an inclusive, positive and affordable environment where you can learn, meet other potters from around the world and be a part of a clay community!

Your “Make Your Best Pots” Team:

Sarah is your Patreon lesson videographer and clay consultant! She has a BFA in Ceramics from Alfred University and imparts her 15 years of professional clay experience behind the scenes.

Adam is your Host and Teacher! has been a full time potter for 15 years. In that time and prior (’02 BFA Alfred University), he has fostered his own passion for clay by learning, experimenting and incorporating a myriad of clay processes and techniques that include throwing all manner of forms large and small on the potter’s wheel, mold making and casting, tool making, sculpture and handbuilding, surface treatments like brushwork, wax-resist, underglaze painting, glaze trailing, slip inlay, wax resist…

Adam has extensive (18 years) teaching experience teaching all ages and skill levels and is great at providing calm clear instruction.

Learn about every aspect of pottery making from professionals in a way that works for your life…anytime, anywhere.

Current Content List:

FREE Video - Essential Skills: Centering 2 Pounds
FREE Video - Essential Skills: Centering 4+ Pounds
FREE Video - Essential Skills: Using the Needle Tool
Video - Cup Lesson 1: Wedging and Centering 15:55
Video - Cup Lesson 2: Throwing and Formal Considerations 32:34 
Video - Cup Lesson 3: Throwing a Chuck and Trimming 26:38 
Video - Cup Lesson 4: Templated Handle Demonstration 14:36 
Video - Cup Lesson 5: Layout, Design and Waxing for Inlay 22:19 
Video - Cup Lesson 6: Cutting Through Wax for Inlay 10:04 
Video - Cup Lesson 7: Slip Inlay 8:23 
PDF - Cup Lesson: Throwing and Trimming Templates, Divider Disk, Tool List, Handle Template 
PDF - Cup Lesson: Inlay Slip Recipes and Materials 
Video - Spiral Wedging & Thixotropy 7:54 

Video - Teapot Lesson 1: Throwing the Body and the Gallery 31:49 
Video - Teapot Lesson 2: Throwing the Lid 13:50 
Video - Teapot Lesson 3: Trimming the Lid 19:56 
Video - Teapot Lesson 4: Trimming the Body 27:16 
Video - Teapot Lesson 5: Slab Built Spout 32:57 
PDF - Teapot Lesson: Spout and Handle Templates 

Video - Preparing Glaze for Glaze Trailing 10:41 
PDF - Glaze Thickener Recipe 

Video - Glaze Trailing and Wax Resist 5:54 
Video - Glaze Trailing Tips 4:34 
PDF - Glaze Trailing Supplies List 

Video - Specific Gravity for Consistent Glaze Results 8:45 
PDF - Specific Gravity 

Video - Flared Rim Bowl: Throwing 14:51 
Video - Flared Rim Bowl: Trimming 20:16 

Inspiration - Why Make Pots: An Excerpt from Philip Rawson’s book “Ceramics” 

Project: Working in Series 

Project: Proportion & Drawing

Infographic - Three Best Types of Lids 
Infographic - A Guide to Self Critique 

Inspiration - 13 C. Korean Celadon Cup with commentary 
Inspiration - Underglaze Decorated Porcelain Bowl (China, Ming Dynasty 15-16 C.) 
Inspiration - Underglaze Decorated Stoneware Bowl (12-13 C. Iran) 

Video - Dinner Plate: Throwing 23:02 
Video - Dinner Plate: Trimming 14:09

Video - Throwing in Sections: Part 1 19:51
Video - Throwing in Sections: Part 2 19:44

Video - Lidded Bowl: Throwing the Bowl 21:11
Video - Lidded Bowl: Throwing the Lid 12:15
Video - Lidded Bowl: Trimming the Bowl 18:14
Video - Lidded Bowl: Trimming the Lid 14:36

Video - Coffee Pot: Throwing the Body 12:02
Video - Coffee Pot: Throwing the Lid 5:44
Video - Coffee Pot: Trimming the Lid 11:13
Video - Coffee Pot: Trimming the Foot 13:08
Video - Coffee Pot: Making a Templated Spout 14:21
Video - Coffee Pot: Pulling a Handle from a Tapered Coil 17:33
PDF - Coffee Pot Spout Template 
PDF - Coffee Pot Dimensions

Video - Coffee Pot: Preparing the Surface for Glaze 6:44
Video - Coffee Pot: Waxing the Lid and Gallery 3:32
Video - Coffee Pot: Glazing the Lid 4:31
Video - Coffee Pot: Glazing and Lining 8:45

Video - Making a Rib for the Low Wide Bowl 12:56
Video - Low Wide Bowl: Throwing from 3 Pounds 12:35
Video - Low Wide Bowl: Throwing from 8 Pounds 19:28
Video - Low Wide Bowl: Trimming and Hanging Method 13:39
PDF - Low Wide Bowl Project Rib Templates

Video - Make Your Own Slump/Hump Molds 1: Designing Your Piece & Making the Model 9:44
Video - Make Your Own Slump/Hump Molds2: Using the Drag Rib to Shape the Model 4:54
Video - Make Your Own Slump/Hump Molds 3: Using Plaster to Make a Mold of the Model 14:42
Video - Make Your Own Slump/Hump Molds 4: Demolding/Cleanup/Soap/Pouring the Positive
Video - Make Your Own Slump/Hump Molds 5: Making a Slab Built Tray 10:53
PDF - “A Guide to Working With Plaster”
PDF - Make Your Own Slump/Hump Molds: Tools and Supplies List

Video - Slab Bottom Platter 1: Design with Templating1
Video - Slab Bottom Platter 2: Throwing a Ring
Video - Slab Bottom Platter 3: Fluting the Wall and Throwing the Slab Bottom
Video - Slab Bottom Platter 4: Attaching the Bottom
Video - Slab Bottom Platter 5: The “Reveal

Video - The Worlds Best Slip!
PDF - The Worlds Best Slip

Video - Jars 1: Design Considerations 
Video - Jars 2: Throwing the Body
Video - Jars 3: Throwing the Lid

Video - Jars 4: Trimming the Lid
Video - Jars 5: Trimming the Foot 
PDF - Jars: Sihouette + Measurements 
PDF - Jars: Shape Composition 
PDF - Jars: Tool List

Video - Shellac Resist: Intro
Video - Shellac Resist: Relief Surfaces Pt. 1
Video - Shellac Resist: Relief Surfaces Pt. 2
Video - Shellac Resist: Glaze Trailing over Relief
Video - Shellac Resist: Shellac as a Glaze Resist
PDF - Create your own Satin Matte Glaze: testing procedure and recipes 
PDF - Shellac Resist: Tool List

Video - Pitchers: Intro
Video - Pitchers: Throwing the Body Pt. 1
Video - Pitchers: Using Ribs to Clarify the Form
Video - Pitchers: Pinched Spout
Video - Pitchers: Pulled Handle
PDF - Pitchers: Proportions/Diagram
PDF - Pitchers: Tool List

Video - Vases 1: Intro- Proportion and Templating

Video - Vases 2: Ace of the Vase Base - Throwing

Video - Vases 3: Ace of the Vase Base Contd.

Video - Vases 4: Throwing the Foot

Video - Vases 5: Throwing and Attaching the Neck

PDF - Vases: Profile PDF with Measurements

PDF - Vases: Tool List
PDF - Vases: Adam's Personal "Throwing Stick" Template