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Laura's gone back to her old stomping ground to visit ceramicist and artist, Georgia Hodges, at her studio in San Francisco's Outer Sunset. Together they create a unique piece inspired by their natural surroundings using Georgia's signature technique.

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- So you want to kind of swing. It's got a swing to it. - Feels like I don't have the technique. Hi guys. Today I'm back in my old stomping grounds, San Francisco's outer sunset. I'm here to visit Georgia Hodges' Mudroom, a ceramic studio she shares with several other artists in her incredibly unique house. You can find Georgia's cups and mugs in several local boutiques. But I'm here to see her make some of her more nature inspired works of art, and hopefully I'll even get a chance to help out. Oh wow, what a cool space. - Thank you. This is my pottery. I make this work on the wheel, inspired by the ocean. These are called sea-foam cups. They stack. - So these are all kind of functional pieces that you have near every day. - This is a sculpture I've been working on. - I love it. - This is also inspired by nature. - Yeah I love all of these little folds, they look so juicy. That's probably not the right word, but you know what I'm saying. I love these. What are they? - They're like a pod, or a bloom. - [Laura] Right. - When I'm making them I'm just sort of looking for something interesting. They are kind of a vessel. They could hold water. - Can you teach me how to make one of these maybe? - [Georgia] Yeah, totally, it's easy. - [Laura] Awesome. Okay, where do we begin? - [Georgia] Well we're gonna start by taking some clay and making some big fat coils. - [Laura] Okay. - You're gonna want to start to make it like you're gonna make a big roll of pretzel dough. You roll it out and try and give even pressure, so you can make it nice and round. - That's hilarious. You must have really strong hands. - Yeah you get a work out. So we're gonna make the internal structure that we'll attach the folds too. - Okay. - Just start by kind of pinching into a circle, and pinch it together. - And like how hilarious mine is. - That's the first one. Kind of blend together where the connection came, and make it nice and round, and then we'll take the second half of our coils, roll it out a little bit longer. - Okay. - [Georgia] And then you're gonna add another one to the top. And then you're gonna take your thumb and just kind of press down on the inside, and kind of blend that seam where the two ... - [Laura] Mine is collapsing. It's okay I'm just going to keep trying. - [Georgia] We can fix it. - [Laura] Okay. - [Georgia] And just blend like this. - [Laura] Okay. You're just trying to make it seamless. - [Georgia] That's right. And then I'm going to give you this tool. This is handy. This is will really clean it up. Just smooth it. - It's like frosting a weeding cake. - Yes. This is like chocolate. - Yeah. - [Georgia] So smooth. - [Laura] I know mine's really messed up but I still really like it. It's really satisfying feeling. - So now we need to make a base for it. - [Laura] How do I start? - You start by throwing a slab. Okay? Take over. - [Laura] Okay. - So you want to kind of swing. It's got a swing to it. - Feels like I don't have the technique. Maybe you should do it. - I'll help you get it a little bit. Now smooth it out with your tool. That's probably good. - [Laura] Okay. - [Georgia] And then you can now place your piece, and then you can take the knife and cut around the edge. It's fine if it's a little bit of purchase there is good. It is like making a cake, isn't it? - [Laura] Yeah. - So now, I'll hold it up for you, and you scratch the bottom. - [Laura] The whole thing or just the sides? - Just around the edges is fine. And then scratch here. Now, give it a little spritz. Alright. And then I'm gonna let you put it on. - Okay. - [Georgia] And if it's not exact you will be able to ... You can just mush it. - [Laura] Okay. - Into place, it's great this way. This is why clay is so awesome. It will do what you tell it to do. That looks good. That looks ready for some folds. - [Laura] Okay. - [Georgia] So we're just gonna make a little slab again, and we're gonna roll the clay into one of these molds. It's a casting of some leaves. - Of leaves you just found on walks and stuff. - Right. We'll leave the smooth side down. We'll take a rolling pin. We start in the middle. - Mm hm. Just like with dough. - [Georgia] Right. So let's take a look at what this looks like. - [Laura] Whoa. - [Georgia] It's amazing how much detail it captures. The way you're gonna attach it is we need to scratch it. - [Laura] Okay. - We're just going to scratch where we're going to attach, and we're gonna very carefully smush it in the bottom, gathering in the edges. Think of it as fabric. You're gonna kind of get all the loose edges in. - Uh huh. - [Georgia] But the nice thing about this is that it will hold its shape. There you go. Nice. Look at that one. - [Laura] Well that one's way poofier. - See it's not that hard is it? - It's pretty hard actually. I am very impressed that you can just whip these on here. - [Georgia] Okay, here's the last one. Nice. Yes, it's so good. Okay squeeze that down so it's really connected. So yeah, look at that. - Oh my God I love it. - You did it. - It's so like ... It, I don't know. - Alright now we're gonna finish this, so what we're gonna do is we're going to make another coil, fairly thick one. And we're gonna want to score it, or scratch it here all the way around. - I love that, getting it all, giving it texture is the glue. - Yeah. And then give it a little spritz. Alright. And then we're gonna sprinkle a little sand on here. Nice kind of even coat. - It's incredible how much this is like baking, at least the textures. - [Georgia] We don't want to handle it too much, because if I do I lose this nice texture on top. - [Laura] Right. - This is where I'm really deliberate and showing the thumb, the maker's mark. - [Laura] This looks like a cake that I want to eat. - We'll do one more to kind of bring it up maybe to about here. So just attach with your thumb. Be bold. There you go. - This is scary and satisfying at the same time. - And then just pinch it off when you meet the end. Good. And then now we'll just go back here and just connect it. We want to make that sort of finished opening look nice. Are you happy with it? - [Laura] I love it. - [Georgia] Beautiful. - It's so cool. What's the next step? - We could if you want to add the blue. Do you want to add the blue? - Yeah. - Get your brush. This is actually just like paint but it's glaze. And hold it, to kind of pool at the edge, and then you can just paint like regular paint here. - [Laura] I love that color is so good. - [Georgia] I know it's a good one. - I thought we'd be making like a cup. But this is just so awesome, and there's so many parts, it's so interesting. How long does it have to go in the kiln? - [Georgia] Well this will have to sit and dry first. - [Laura] Oh okay. - [Georgia] For like a week or two. - [Laura] Alright. - [Georgia] Beautiful. - So I'm not going to see the finished product right now. Will you text me a picture when it's done? - [Georgia] Totally, yeah. I'll send you the whole thing. I'll fire it for you and I'll mail it to you. - [Laura] Really? - Yes. - Thank you. And thank you for letting me come into your studio. I love it here. - It's awesome. - I don't want to leave ever. - It was great having you here. - Should we go put it on the shelf to hang out for one to two weeks? This would be perfect if I just dropped it right now.

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