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Spliced Jellyroll Cane

By Anna T. Hill, edited by Sunni Bergeron
The spliced cane on the previous page is one of the multitude of things I learned from Pier Voulkos. She is a fantastic teacher with a huge amount of energy, a love of clay, a wealth of experience, and loves sharing her techniques. The Spliced Jellyroll Cane is my variation of her technique. Use your imagination - I'm sure you can even make that mudpile look yummy...


  • Using a 2 ounce block of clay cut into 8 equal parts for measurement:
  • 7 parts of Premo White Pearl
  • 2 parts of Premo Silver
  • 7 parts of Premo Ultramarine
  • tissue blade or cutting utensil
  • clean work surface
Step 1: Pick up 1 piece of silver and place it with the Ultramarine. Pick up the other piece of Silver and place it with the White Pearl. Blend the 1 piece of Silver with the Ultramarine. Blend the other piece of Silver with the White Pearl. At this point, your clay will also be conditioned thoroughly.

Step 2

Step 2: Roll out two sheets of clay to a #2 thickness on your pasta machine (I am assuming #1 is your thickest setting)

Step 3
Step 3: Lay the two sheets on top of each other and roll them through the pasta machine at a #1 setting. Slightly flatten one end of the sheet.

Step 4: Roll into a jellyroll. (Above)

Step 5

Step 5: Stand your jellyroll on end and cut it into eight pieces. Be bold and cut carelessly. Making them uneven is part of the secret.

Step 6

Step 6: Lay four of the segments on their backs with their toes in the air.

Step 7
Step 7: Place the remaining four segments toes down into the spaces.

Step 8
Step 8: Now reduce the cane by compressing evenly on all four sides and lengthening it out.

Here is a side view of the reduction (above left), an end view (above right). This is the finished reduction shaped in a number of ways (right).

Step 9: Cut the cane into segments and reassemble however you like. Here are three ways you can reduce the canes and how you might assemble them (above and right).


This is a leaf pendant made using a variation of the Spliced Jellyroll Cane

Here is a goose egg covered with another Spliced Jellyroll

This is what the goose egg looks like from the end.

©2001-Anna Hill

Thank you, Anna You can Email Anna at or see her work at her PhotoPoint Album

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