If you’re into throwing, you know there’s so much to learn. Beyond the usual fare of cups, bowls, mugs and vases lies a vast world of challenging forms. In this Advanced Throwing: Extended and Altered Forms DVD, Master Potter Robin Hopper demonstrates a variety of extension throwing techniques for making large pots, as well as altering shapes to produce innovative forms.

 

Runtime 60 minutes


Copyright 2004

 

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 2 Techniques in One DVD!

With advanced throwing techniques, you’ll can really start to expand your skills. This video is in two sections—extended forms and altering forms—with a number of step-by-step techniques demonstrated in each. With extended forms, Robin explains that while you can produce single large pieces with one lump of clay, dividing the task into smaller throwing segments saves extra strain on all your muscles. And with altering forms, you don’t have to stop with the usual round forms naturally created on a wheel. There’s nothing quite like watching a veteran potter effortlessly demonstrate new techniques.

 

Throw Something Really Big

To extend a form, Robin demonstrates a technique for throwing a basic form, allowing it to set up to leather hard, then adding large coils to the top to extend the walls even higher. This technique, originating in the Far East, is used to create pieces as high as six feet (although many of us would stop below the two foot level!). In his step-by-step demonstration of this method, Robin allows the clay to set up naturally, but also using a blow torch to force dry the work. A variation of the coil method is to use flat strips of clay to extend the walls. You’ll enjoy Robin’s clear explanation of every step, and the DVD provides the added benefit of a pause button—something you can’t do at one of Robin’s workshops!

 

Learn New Techniques

Another method for extending a piece is to combine two thrown sections to form a larger piece. Robin demonstrates what he refers to as a “feather basket bowl” inspired by a rain hat used by Native Americans in the Canadian Northwest. Here he adds another dimension by using multi-colored clays as he creates a bowl form and adds a tall cylinder, which is then flared almost flat to form an almost impossible rim. This is the type of technique that generates lots of ideas you can incorporate into your own work, just like you do any time you learn something new. 

 

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Learn Unusual Techniques

One of the more traditional techniques is throwing two large sections and combining them. Unlike adding two leather hard sections together, Robin adds a freshly thrown piece to a leather-hard base then continues to throw the form to complete it. In a variation of this technique, he uses the Westerwald Method, a German technique for quick drying the base using an alcohol burner to rapidly set the thrown base. This is one of the advantages a Master Potter like Robin Hopper has—he’s been learning picking up techniques for more than 40 years and can demonstrate some of them when he thinks you can benefit from them.

 

Take a Break from the Usual

Altering wheel-thrown forms is a great way to break from the usual round forms offered by the wheel, and also a way to get flat surfaces for decoration. The techniques Robin describe aren’t difficult and provide many opportunities not only for bowls and mugs but also platters. For example, once you’ve mastered how to square a bowl, he then demonstrates how to square a sphere, which is much more challenging. But can you imagine the opportunities you’ll have when you can successfully square a pot? This may be all you need to get away from the usual round pots you’ve grown comfortable but bored with.

 

Robin concludes the session by making a footed parabolic bottle that’s a sculptural form combining both the extending and altering techniques. This tall altered form made from two thrown sections had its origin in a sketch Robin made while attending a funeral in Mexico (like the feather bowl based on a hat, ideas come from the strangest places in Robin’s world). And this brings up another interesting aspect of Robin—his ability to weave stories into his detailed step-by-step how-to instruction will not only instruct but also entertain. Who would have suspected a Master Potter who also had experience in the theater?

 

“The camera angles and the movement and pace of the technical aspects

are exceptional . . . Highly recommended.” – Book Report

 

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