When trying to throw a set on the pottery wheel, starting off with the same size ball of clay, and using a ruler or calipers is a great place to start. Eyeballing it does not usually give you the best results. But, if you are on such a tight deadline that every second counts, it… Read More »
The pottery wheel has a mesmerizing draw. Many people are drawn to ceramics because they have seen a skilled potter use this tool to make a beautiful vessel out of a lump of mud (seemingly effortlessly!). From kick-wheels to the latest and greatest electric pottery wheel, amazing work can come off of this spinning disc. In this section of Ceramic Arts Daily, we’ve included articles on using and even building your own pottery wheels. And, if you haven't already, be sure to click on over to the Free Gifts section of the site to download your free copy of Tips, Techniques and Tools for Getting the Most Out of Your Pottery Wheel: From Centering to Trimming, Tips for the Potter’s Wheel. It is a great learning tool for those interested in mastering the pottery wheel. The projects are presented in an easy-to-understand, step-by-step format -- all the key steps are included. Don't miss it!
In today’s post, we’re sharing a fun video made by potter Ronald Shaw. In the video, Ronald demonstrates how he built an Onggi potter’s wheel with just a few tools, several ready-made round tabletops, and some inexpensive home-store accessories. Then he makes an impressive carved pot on it! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor. PS. For… Read More »
Today, we are happy to present the last finalist in our DIY Clay Tools Video Contest: Craig Rhodes and his oversized splash pan. Plus I have included the other finalists’ videos, for your review. Just scroll down the page! We hope you enjoy these videos as much as we have! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor…. Read More »
If you are a potter who uses bats when throwing on the potter’s wheel, chances are you have had to wrestle with a bat or two to remove it from the wheelhead. Sometimes the suction-cup effect is so strong (especially with thin plastic or masonite bats) that when you finally break the bat free using… Read More »
This Tip of the Week comes to us from Jim Wylder of Lake Oswego, Oregon. Jim got tired of the bat pin holes on his plaster bats chipping and enlarging with wear. So he took matters into his own hands and came up with this creative solution. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor. … Read More »
When I manage to squeeze time out of my day to go to the gym, I need to distract myself in as many ways as I can think of during my workout (listening to my iPod, reading celebrity gossip magazines, watching mindless television, and so on). So why not get a workout while doing one… Read More »
In today’s tip, ceramic artist Sylvia Shirley explains a quick-change bat system she developed to make throwing in series more efficient. For throwing mugs and small bowls, I use a quick-change bat system. To make one, you need one square plastic bat that attaches to your wheel head with bat pins, PVC molding… Read More »