Making large pots is exciting! And if you’ve never made one, you have a surprise just waiting to happen. When you make that first 20-inch vase or really large bowl—it’s an experience you’ll want to share with everyone! How? Easy. It’s all a matter of technique, and has nothing to do with how strong you are. In the same way a petite judo master can take out a Pittsburgh Steeler linebacker, you can make really large pots two to three times the size you’re making right now.

 

Runtime: 75 min

  
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Think big
In this 75 minute video, Tony demonstrates making large vases, bowls, casseroles, jugs and bottles. By throwing pots in sections, you can create larger pieces with ease and style. Adding thrown pieces to thrown pieces and continuing the forming process beyond the 8 inch cylinder, takes your work to a grander scale.

 

 

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Tony and Sheila,

Here’s what I think about the video: The idea that I can, at age 67 with carpal tunnel issues and a myriad of other physical roadblocks, produce ware that is nearly too large for practical use is amazing to me and I love it. There is something about exaggeration that is very appealing. The building techniques you demonstrate in your video make it easy for me to produce large and graceful sectional jugs, bottles and bowls. Some of the fun comes when folks look at my work, then look at me (I’m 5’1/2″ tall) with disbelief and shake their heads. – Victoria Hamilton Millennia Antica Pottery, Seattle, WA

 

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As Tony demonstrates throwing bigware, he mentions every detail—compressing a rim, hand position, cutting off, throwing bottoms that don’t crack, and his use of ribs—are just a few. He even demonstrates the nuance of perfect throwing marks. Tony demonstrates two basic techniques with three variations of each. From a sphere form, he creates a bottle, a vase and an urn from two thrown sections to get really tall pots. Then, from a basic bowl form, he makes a large low bowl, his Tuscan bowl and a magnificent casserole. Excite the kid inside you and make something big!

 

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