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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.


Tips for Throwing a Perfect Tall Cylinder

Posted On November 20, 2015 16 Comments

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 wheel throwing class: Throw ten even-walled, 12-inch cylinders. I won’t divulge how long it has been since I had that assignment, but I still got a ton out of this demo. So whether you are struggling with cylinders now, or have been throwing for years, have a look at today’s clip and watch your throwing improve! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


How to Dress Up a Wheel Thrown Cup with Inlaid Sprigs

Posted On November 19, 2015 0 Comments
  If you are a potter, chances are you are familiar with the terms “throwing and altering,” and can conjure up images of thrown-and-altered work. But the technique I am sharing in today’s video might be a little less familiar.   In this post, an excerpt from her new video Function and Adornment: Handbuilding Functional… Read More »

Tips for Throwing and Trimming Pottery off the Hump

Posted On November 16, 2015 2 Comments
Wheel throwing techniques to help you become more efficient in the pottery studio Throwing pottery off the hump is a valuable technique for any potter to learn. Trimming pots off the hump is slightly less well known, but equally valuable.   In today’s post, an excerpt from our free download Five Great Pottery Wheel Throwing… Read More »

How to Throw a Well-Functioning Pitcher on the Pottery Wheel

Posted On November 12, 2015 0 Comments
Julia Walther explains the anatomy of a good wheel thrown pitcher  Pitchers are a challenging for because they are designed to hold a lot of liquid and, therefore, the vessel itself must be lightweight or it would be too cumbersome to use. Then again, if it is too light, it might break easily. It’s a… Read More »

How to Make an Animated Salt and Pepper Set

Posted On November 2, 2015 5 Comments

Sets are a great way to have fun with form, and a wonderful project if you like to make animated work. Jen Mecca sees her salt and pepper shakers as characters that need to interact and relate to one another. In today’s post, Jen shares her method for wheel throwing and altering the salt and pepper shakers, as well as how she embellishes them with various “costumes” such as sprigs and finials. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


How to Make a Wheel Thrown and Slip Decorated Cup and Saucer

Posted On October 26, 2015 1 Comment

In today’s post Lyla Goldstein takes us step by step through her cup and saucer making process, starting with throwing the pieces on the wheel and finishing with her colored slip and sgraffito decoration (which would also work well with commercial underglazes).


How to Use Cheap Craft Store Tools to Add Playful Details to a Wheel Thrown Cup

Posted On September 11, 2015 7 Comments
Ever since buying one of Chandra Debuse’s yunomi’s a couple of years ago, I wondered how she created the biomorphic volumes that give these forms their wonderful Seuss-like quality. Turns out, they are made with the aid of craft foam – that craft store staple that is ubiquitous in children’s art projects.   Chandra reveals… Read More »

Tips for Throwing and Trimming a Scalloped-Rim Bowl Off the Hump

Posted On August 28, 2015 2 Comments
Throwing off the hump can really help maximize efficiency in the studio. It may seem like a little thing, but if you are in heavy production the time savings can add up when you start with a large hunk of clay rather than a bunch of small pieces.   In today’s post, an excerpt from… Read More »

Throw, Facet, Throw: How to Create Beautiful Cups with Undulating Texture

Posted On August 26, 2015 2 Comments
Frank Krevens had been making faceted cone 10 porcelain work for many years, but after a recent move, he lost access to the high fire kiln. That, and a concern for the environmental impact he was having with the higher fired work, led him to try to develop his palette for low firing. His solution… Read More »

Going With the Flow: Using Soft Clay and Darts to Preserve Fluidity in the Finished Form

Posted On August 24, 2015 4 Comments

In today’s post, Jane Sawyer explains how she throws with extra soft clay and cuts darts during the throwing process to create work that looks fluid even in the finished fired state. She also explains how she uses finger marks through slip to further enhance this effect.