It is a lot of fun to use pots to tell stories. It can be even more fun to not only tell a story on the form, but to work the form right into the narrative. That’s just what Courtney Long does with her spouted batter bowls with a puffy cloud-shaped handle and playful slip… Read More »
Wheel Throwing Techniques
For some people, throwing clay on the potter's wheel can be addictive. If you are one of those people, you have come to the right place. Here, professional studio potters provide instruction as well as inspiration for anyone wanting to learn, improve and master wheel throwing techniques. Browse these articles and videos for helpful information such topics as altering wheel thrown vessels or trimming large platters with complex rims.
And, if you haven't already, be sure to download your free copy of Five Great Pottery Wheel Throwing Techniques: Tips on Throwing Complex Pottery Forms Using Basic Throwing Skills, which includes detailed well-illustrated, step-by-step pottery making projects by nationally known potters, teachers and workshop presenters.
I’ve seen a lot of different ways to make handmade pitcher spouts – from a traditional pulled spout to a slab spout. But I have to admit that Josh DeWeese’s method was all new to me. He starts with a thrown disc of clay and ends up with a unique and attractive attached spout.In today’s… Read More »
Every potter knows how to make clay mugs. But what about making your own travel mug out of clay? Most potters I know just grab a regular mug (handmade, of course) and repurpose it for travel. But that can be a little messy – no lids! If you are tired of spilling coffee in your car,… Read More »
This clip was excerpted from Fundamentals of Wheel Throwing, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Shop! Great Instructions for Making Narrow-Necked Bottles on the WheelMaking clay vases or bottles on the pottery wheel is something every potter should learn and if you have ever struggled with the task, today’s post will definitely help.In this clip… Read More »
This clip was excerpted from Wheel Throwing with Nan Rothwell, which part of our End-of-Summer Video Clearance in the CAD Shop! Wiggle wires are a super fun way to make texture on pottery. You can get wiggle wires from pottery suppliers or make your own by stretching out springs (get the springs at the hardware store or… Read More »
In today’s post, an excerpt from In the Potters Kitchen, Sumi von Dassow shows how to throw a French butter dish on the pottery wheel. If you are unfamiliar with French butter dishes, they are a great way to store real butter (as opposed to margerine) outside the fridge without it going bad. A great… Read More »
Not only does Adam Field go over his meticulous carving techniques on his new DVD, Precision Throwing and Intricate Carving, but he also demonstrates his throwing chops on some fantastic forms. But before all of that he gives one of the best cylinder throwing demos I’ve seen. We’ve probably all had this assignment in our beginning… Read More »
Throwing clay decanters and bottles can be a good way to challenge yourself when you become proficient at pottery wheel throwing. While some people may opt for a cork stopper, Tabatha Trolli-Diloreto prefers making her stoppers out of clay so that her bottles and stoppers hang together.In today’s post, an excerpt from the July/August issue… Read More »
Learning how to make ceramic teapots is a big milestone in any potter’s ceramic development. From handles to spouts, teapots have multiple components and getting them all to work together successfully is an exciting challenge for the budding ceramic artist.Today’s post will focus on one component only: the teapot spout. Getting spouts the right size and… Read More »
Agateware is a type of pottery that is made from a prepared mixture of various colored clays and mimics the variegated appearance of agate stone. It originated in the late seventeenth century in England, and is one of many great techniques for marbling clay. There are two types of agateware, one is wheel thrown and… Read More »