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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.


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.


A Simple Tool to Keep Rims From Distorting When Pots are Bellied Out

Posted On August 19, 2015 5 Comments

As you are developing skills on the potters wheel, large bellied out forms with narrow rims can be pretty challenging. Once you have the height, it is hard to belly out the form without distorting or widening the rim too much. But this handy, cheap, and simple tool that Jim Wylder came up with can make it much easier. In today’s post, an excerpt from our new book Throwing Techniques, Jim explains how to use “The Rim Keeper.” –Jennifer Harnetty, editor


How to Throw a Curvy Cup and Finish it Without Trimming

Posted On August 14, 2015 9 Comments
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 these forms. But I realize that I could be more efficient with my studio time if I just threw these pots so they didn’t… Read More »

How to Make a Lively Thrown and Altered Teapot on the Pottery Wheel

Posted On August 10, 2015 16 Comments

There are myriad ways to build non-round forms, but if you love
throwing, you’ll probably find that throwing and altering works best
for you. In today’s post, Cheri Glaser demonstrates a lively
squared-off teapot project. Not only does she cover throwing and
altering forms, but she also shares some other neat techniques, like
her thrown slab bottoms and pulled spouts.


Deliberate Cracks: Heating and Stretching to Create Crackled Texture on Pottery

Posted On July 27, 2015 10 Comments

Sometimes I feel like I was born in the wrong era because I just love old things: antiques, weathered old buildings, vintage clothing. If you can relate, then you’ll love today’s feature because we’re going to show you how to create a crackled, craggy texture on your pottery. Canadian potter Robin Hopper explains how some heating, some stretching and a little sodium silicate can transform a freshly thrown pot into what looks like a weathered antique.


Two Techniques for Making Swirlware Pottery

Posted On July 17, 2015 2 Comments
Swirlware, a traditional form of pottery made in the Catawba Valley of North Carolina in the early 1900s, is made by combining contrasting clay bodies when throwing. Michael Kline makes swirlware and other historical North Carolina pottery forms, but puts his own contemporary touch on the work.   In today’s video, an excerpt from his… Read More »

Three Tips for Throwing Smarter and Stronger

Posted On July 13, 2015 15 Comments

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, an excerpt from the May/June 2013 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, I am sharing three great tips for throwing large from potter Claire O’Conner. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.