There was an old lady in China, she used to make own pots. She had developed many techniques over time for pottery. One of the technique is to make thin pipe-like tubes of clay and stack then one over other, press the adjacent clay pipes together so that they bind together. I plan to make a big vase with a lid (hopefully turns as planned), using such technique.
The teacher, Ms. Ellen Rijsdorp, very dedicated woman, she is just amazing. In 3 months she taught us a lot. Every class we would learn a completely new technique. She taught us from modelling clay to glazing(coluring) it. She liked us experiment with different things and try things around. The balloon pot on the website was something pwoplw had done around the world, but she had not, but she was very excited to see us do that. She always opened up those artist and showed us there paricular works. She was an encylopedia for ceramics world.
Check out her website: http://www.ellenrijsdorp.nl/