Creating a Double-walled Pot: Inspirations

Double-walled PotThe inspirations for these large caldron-like pieces came to James in many forms. And there are many elements of the piece that reflect these inspirations.

The double-walled caldron at left, which is part of the Eiteljorg Museum's collection, is titled Ritual Display and was completed in 2003. In the video at right, you will hear James describe the inspirations that influenced him while creating this piece.

On page 2: Hear James describe how he developed this procedure and watch as he creates a double-walled form on the potter's wheel.
On page 3: Hear James talk about some of the technical aspects of his process.

Creating a Double-walled Pot: Process

James Watkins Art 2James went through a period of trial and error before he was able to work out the technique he now uses to create his double-walled forms. Interestingly, the breakthrough came to him during a lucid dream.

In the video at right, James describes this lucid dream. You will also see him create a double-walled pot on the potter's wheel.

On page 1: Hear James discuss his double-walled caldron that is in the collection of the Eiteljorg Museum.
On page 3: Hear James talk about some of the technical aspects of his process.

Creating a Double-walled Pot: Techniques

James Watkins Art 3Firing a double-walled form requires some special techniques. James had to work out some of these techniques in the manner of trial and error as he worked out his process.

In the video at right, James describes some of the additional techniques that are required. You'll also see how he uses these requirements as an opportunity to enhance his design.

On page 1: Hear James discuss his double-walled caldron that is in the collection of the Eiteljorg Museum.
On page 2: Hear James describe how he developed this procedure and watch as he creates a double-walled form on the potter's wheel.