Throwing pots on UStream

Messing around with video on the internet I landed on UStream today. I randomly searched the website for “pottery” and Corvus Moon came up. Randy and Ruth Briggs are Corvus Moon and live in Southwest Missouri, in the Ozarks, probably an hour or so north of Siloam Springs. Their website doesn’t say exactly where they are that I’ve found yet. It’s apparently the only stream tagged with pottery.

They stream pretty much all day from the look of it, throwing pots in front of the camera. I made some comments (the first time I’d done this, giving the website a go), but whoever was throwing didn’t notice. I’m assuming it was Ruth; the nails were manicured. Streaming video like this could be a decent marketing tactic, although Corvus only has about five followers at this point. A better idea might be to create a regularly scheduled ceramics program (I’ve thought of something like this myself) for people to tune into, essentially a podcast. On second look, it appears the Briggs do this at 5pm (CST) each Tuesday. UStream wouldn’t be necessary for such a thing, and seems better suited to occasions that necessitate live video.

The studio page on their website contains two photographs of wheels they’ve built. One uses a motor from a quilting machine, the other from a treadmill. The kickwheel I’m crafting should be finished this week. God willing, the mechanics of it will function and endure. I think they will, but the instructions I based the project on were scant and I changed things as I went along as I desired and needed too. Look for a post detailing the project soon.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

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