This clip was excerpted from Figure to Function: Altered Pots Inspired by the Human Form, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Shop! Make a Four-Footed Wheel-Thrown TeapotFor years, I have wondered how Tara Wilson makes her charming animated teapot feet. I knew Tara was primarily a wheel thrower, and I figured she must just… 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.
There have been many times in my wheel throwing career that I have thought, “I just can’t throw large pots. I am not strong enough.” But I have learned over the years that to throw big, you don’t need brawn. You need brains!!There are tons of smart ways to approach throwing large. In today’s post, I… Read More »
This clip was excerpted from Figure to Function: Altered Pots Inspired by the Human Form, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Shop! Great tricks on how to make a make that stands outOnce you have learned how to throw a mug that doesn’t weigh too much and has a relatively graceful handle, chances are… Read More »
This clip was excerpted from Throwing, Altering & Glazing for Function and Beauty, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Shop! Sarah Jaeger’s soup tureens have generous, bulbous knobs resembling “onion domes” popular in Russian architecture. They are quite striking and look like they’d be easy to use as well. It can be problematic throwing… Read More »
A few years ago a friend of mine had us over for dinner and served one of the most delicious dishes I had ever had. It was a tagine (traditional Moroccan dish named after the ceramic pot it is cooked in) and my mouth waters just thinking of it. Since my husband is an excellent… Read More »
Faceting clay is a great way to make a round wheel-thrown form look more interesting. While many facet clay with rasps at the leatherhard stage, Hank Murrow prefers to do it on a freshly thrown pot right on the wheel head. Then he continues to throw the form to make the marks from the faceting… Read More »
This clip was excerpted from Elevating the Handmade with Julia Galloway, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Shop! Start with a wheel thrown base, end up with a two-chambered pot!Salt and pepper shakers are a popular project for ceramic artists and they can be a lot of fun too because of the challenge of making… Read More »
This clip was excerpted from Altered Forms with Textured Surfaces, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Shop! A Quick Lesson on Throwing a Square Mug and Adding TextureMugs are one of my favorite ceramic forms to make (and use). I have, however, gotten a bit tired of the mugs I have been making lately and… Read More »
I have to admit, I never knew why bundt cake pans have the tube in the middle of the pan until I read Sumi von Dassow’s article in the November/December 2015 issue. Bundt cakes are shaped this way because it helps the cake cook evenly throughout! In case you’ve ever wanted to make your own… Read More »
This clip was excerpted from Design for the Soft Surface, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Shop! One of the most frustrating things you can experience as a potter is getting a bit overzealous with your trimming and trimming through a foot (face it, we’ve all done it!). Today I am sharing an excellent… Read More »