If you want to successfully learn how to throw, then inviting a master potter into your studio will put you on the path to success. Robin Hopper, a world-renowned potter for more than 40 years, shows you how to throw in this highly practical video demonstration.

 

Runtime 60 minutes


Copyright 2004

 

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Beginning with wedging, Robin discusses the importance of finding a rhythm from the preparation of the clay to working on the wheel. Many potters fail in their early attempts at throwing because they did a poor job of preparing the clay. Hopper then discusses the importance of the workspace and the tools you’ll need and their function.

 

After wedging, centering is the next most critical stage. Many potters learn to center incorrectly, although some are successful in spite of their poor form—they just use a lot of energy and strain their joints. Robin demonstrates centering using brain instead of brawn, and gets you to actually throwing instead of spending many minutes watching your hands wobble around the wheel with a lump of off center clay.

 

Robin next describes the process for creating cylinders since this form is the basis for almost every other form. Through detailed step-by-step demonstrations, he carefully explains every step along the way, cutting through the forms to provide cutaway views of what your work should look like at each stage. He then alters the basic cylinder into conical forms, waisted forms, and spheres

 

 
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To illustrate that the process is the most important aspect of learning how to throw, he recommends performing the same skills on different sized balls of clay from approximately 1 pound to 4 pounds. Hopper maintains that focusing on the process, you’ll achieve success on the projects you want to do in the future.

 

If you thought you couldn’t throw after maybe one or two attempts, or that you’re frustrated because you can’t seem to get beyond the basic bowl, then having Robin Hopper teaching you one-on-one in your studio will bring you the success you want.


“[Hopper] explains each movement in a very understandable fashion, and the excellent camerawork allows home viewers to get as close as a student – or perhaps even closer . . . . It’s hard to imagine a more lucid or comprehensive introduction to the subject . . Highly recommended.” (Video Librarian)

 

 

 Robin Hopper . . . skillfully guides [novices] in using the wheel, including wedging, centering, shaping and trimming the clay . . . . Presented without glitz or pretense . . . thorough and clearly explained. (Booklist)
 
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