This clip was excerpted from Platters: Four Approaches to Making and Decorating Plates, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Shop! Throwing large plate forms is tricky because it can be hard to master centering and spreading the clay out wide enough without either knocking it off center, or getting water trapped underneath. Then there are… 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.
Throwing in sections is a fantastic way to make large work. Rather than trying to muscle a lot of clay into center and pull a tall form, you can divide the clay into manageable quantities. In today’s post, an excerpt from his book Throwing, Richard Phethean takes this process a step further. He ovals the… 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 »
When you think of wheel-thrown plates, chances are you think of the round variety. But when you make them with a thrown ring and a slab bottom, the possibilities for more expressive forms open up. Amelia Stamps makes her wheel thrown platters for her tea sets in this way. By changing the shape of the platter from plain round to kidney shaped, she helps it tie into the curves on the other pieces in the tea set.
In today’s video, an excerpt from Making and Decorating a Tea Set, you’ll see how she creates the perfect shaped plate to compliment her tea sets. But that’s not the only cool technique you’ll pick up! You’ll also see three other decorative ideas that help to tie her sets together. – Jennifer Poellot Harnetty, editor.
Jennifer Allen’s video, Fundamentals of Wheel Throwing, is the perfect foundation to her other video, Intermediate Wheel Throwing. Buy them individually or SAVE $10 when you buy both!Throwing cups and mugs is one of my favorite things to do on the wheel. Partially out of habit, and partially because I secretly love trimming, I usually end up trimming… Read More »
This clip was excerpted from Making & Decorating a Tea Set, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Shop! Learn to make a wheel thrown jar in one piece!Learning how to make a clay jar is an exciting process for the ceramic artist. There are many different ways to go about making jars, from the classic… 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! 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 »
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 »