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Demolishing an old hut to plant cassava and yams

Cassava are tuberous roots from a shrub. Yams are edible bulbs that grow both above and below the ground. They're both staple foods (despite the cassava containing some cyanide), and at Primitive Technology's 10 year ...

Throwing a simple pottery salt pot on the wheel

From Ingleton Pottery, watch this quick and simple demonstration of how a pottery salt cellar or pot can be created on a potter's wheel. The piece consists of a closed round vase shape that's given a large side hole f...

Building Frozen Castles with the Master of Ice

Every year, from January 5th to around February 25th, the city of Harbin, China transforms into a frozen city of light for the annual Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival. The sculptures are massive architectural feats con...

Two professors sculpt each other in less than ten minutes

Watch in real time as Professor Cao Chang Xu of Beijing's Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) and Professor Sarath Chandrajeewa of Sri Lanka's University of Visual and Performing Arts go head to head in a friendly fac...

Magic Clay stop motion

Magic Clay, a stop motion short by Alexander Unger, a.k.a. Guldies. How do you make an animated short like this one? Unger writes: Shot with a Canon EOS 600D. 1800 still pictures, 24 FPS and animated in Dragonfram...

A Sketchy History Of Pencil Lead

When fifth-graders at Green Acres Elementary in Lebanon, Oregon asked the NPR Skunk Bear team how pencil lead was made, they looked into it... way into it. From the start of the universe (with a shout out to Carl Saga...

Barrel Tiled Shed & Tiled Roof Hut – Primitive Technology

How do you create a fire and rain proof work shed when you only have what's available to you in an Australian forest? Primitive Technology takes on the challenge in this Barrel Tiled Shed video. Some details from his ...

Making a Forge Blower – Primitive Technology

A rotary fan from pieces of bark, a fan cover and spout made from unfired clay, a bow drill to power it, and a mud furnace to concentrate the heat. Watch how Primitive Technology constructs a forge blower from wood, b...

The Scarecrow – How a resin sculpture is carved & painted

From sketch to resin sculpture, watch a scarecrow come to life with every detail in this video by director (and featured artist) Jim McKenzie: The Scarecrow. The behind-the-scenes look features McKenzie's "Lost Magic"...

From the potter’s wheel at Tortus Copenhagen

From master potter and designer Eric Landon of Tortus Copenhagen, enjoy this up close look at what it takes to hand-make a ceramic vase: The Motions (2014). And here's Landon's work from the material's point of vi...

From Clay to Mosaics – How zellige (الزليج) mosaics are made

From Moroccan interior design company Habibi Interiors, watch as maâlems (master craftsmen) take their time and skill to create terra cotta tiles known as zellige, zillij, or الزليج, meaning "tiles" in Arabic: From Cl...

Changing claymation creature portraits: “I am a…”

"I am a..." by animation director Andy Martin, who we've enjoyed before: You sit down to have your portrait painted, but who are you? What is the image you want to project? How will the artist manipulate it? Are yo...

Dance on the circle: Wet clay patterns on a spinning potter’s wheel

Wet clay on a spinning potter’s wheel transforms with every turn in this improvisational form of art. The video runs a bit long at 15m24s, but the kids still wanted to include it here thanks t...

Made by the Sea – Pottery from beach-harvested clay

Made by the Sea, a film by Alun Callender, features potter Judith Rowe and the work she creates from clay harvested at Bulverhythe Beach in East Sussex. There’s more pottery spinning o...

Sesame Street: Spinning clay on a pottery wheel

Another classic Sesame Street clip: spinning clay on a pottery wheel.

Pottery lesson at Horseshoe Mountain Pottery – Olive Us

A pottery lesson at Horseshoe Mountain Pottery in Utah, with Ralph, Maude, Olive, Oscar, Betty & June, the six siblings of Olive Us. The film was co-made with Tiger in a Jar. Watch more pottery videos on this si...

No Noodles by Tyler Nicolson

No Noodles! Small creatures explore and inhabit an even smaller world. A short stop motion film by Tyler Nicolson, music by Chris Adriaanse. via Colossal.

CREATE by Dan MacKenzie

A mad scientist is in the middle of making a monster… sort of. A story that flips between two parallel worlds, CREATE is a short stop motion animation by artist, animator, and director D...

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