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How to Throw an Oblong Bowl on the Potters Wheel

Posted On July 30, 2014 9 Comments

We recently featured a square baking dish project on the blog (with a rhubarb crisp recipe too!), but today I thought I would point out that you can use that technique to make all shapes and sizes of baking dishes or bowls. In this post Richard Phethean shows how he makes an asymmetric bowl in a similar way. I really like how he contrasted the asymmetric shape in the finished pot (at left) with a spiral mark on the floor of the pot. Have a look and then see what kind of shapes you can come up with. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

Throwing Cover


Posted On November 9, 2012 Comments Off on Throwing


Throwing, from The New Ceramics series, features clear instructions for creating vessels, accompanied by step-by-step how-to images, which demonstrate the techniques described. It also profiles the work of contemporary potters, for whom throwing is a vital part of their practice. This book is an essential companion for anyone attempting to master the art of forming pots on the wheel.


Making a Large Sectional Vase with a Twist

Posted On October 8, 2012 1 Comment

Throwing in sections is a fantastic way to make large work. Rather than trying to muscle a lot of clay into center and pull a tall form, you can divide the clay into manageable quantities. In today’s post, an excerpt from his book Throwing, Richard Phethean takes this process a step further. He ovals the top section to make the pot more interesting. He also shows us an unconventional handle technique. 


Tips for Trimming Bowls on the Pottery Wheel

Posted On July 9, 2012 2 Comments

Love it or hate it, trimming can transform a weighty Earth-bound pot into one that is a pleasure to hold, look at, and use. But it takes some practice to learn the proper consistency for good trimming or how much to take off (we’ve all experienced the horror of trimming through the bottom of a pot we love). In today’s post, Richard Phethean walks through the process of trimming bowls. This thorough guide will help you avoid the pottery trimming blues.