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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.


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How to Transfer Images to the Inside of a Wheel Thrown Bowls

Posted On July 25, 2014 6 Comments

We have posted a few videos on Ceramic Arts Daily over the years of artists using screen printing techniques on clay in one way or another. But until filming Forrest Lesch-Middelton’s DVD Volumetric Image Transfer on Clay, I had never seen anyone screen print on the inside of a wheel thrown bowl. In today’s post, an excerpt from the DVD, you’ll see the ingenious method Forrest came up with to get his screen-printed imagery onto what he calls his inside-out jars. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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How to Throw an Optimally Designed Whiskey Cup

Posted On July 7, 2014 1 Comment

Whiskey bottles are a popular form in a lot of potters’ vocabularies – understandably because whiskey is delicious! But you also need a cup to drink the whiskey from and if you’re like Matt Schiemann, you put just as much thought into the design of your whisky cups as you do the bottle. In today’s post, an excerpt from the July/August 2014 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, Matt explains how he designs his cups to make the whiskey drinking experience optimal! He also shares his glaze and slip recipes! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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How to Throw a Large Porcelain Bowl Without Collapsing it

Posted On June 20, 2014 12 Comments
No matter what Lorna Meaden says, I’d call the bowl she is throwing in this clip a large bowl, rather than a medium sized bowl – especially since it is porcelain. But as she points out, it took 25 years to be able to call this bowl medium sized. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
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How to Throw Large Platters No Matter What Your Size

Posted On June 16, 2014 3 Comments
Even though you don’t need to pull up high walls with a large platter, large wheel-thrown platters can be challenging, especially if you are small in stature. In today’s post, an excerpt from our 2014 Workshop Handbook, Yoko Sekino Bove gives some great tips for throwing large platters.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
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How to Make a Spouted Batter Bowl That Tells a Story

Posted On April 7, 2014 0 Comments

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 decoration. In today’s post, she shares how she makes these wheel through pots. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

PS. You can see Courtney’s decorating process in the May/June 2014 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated.

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Pottery Video of the Week: A New Twist on a Faceted Bowl

Posted On March 14, 2014 18 Comments

In today’s post, an excerpt from his DVD Lively Forms and Expressive Surfaces (which is now shipping by the way!!), Mark Peters shares a new twist that he came up with for faceting pots. By making the cuts while the pot is still cylindrical and adjusting the way the wire moves through the clay, Mark creates an interesting alternative to the typical faceted surface.

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Friday Video: How to Add Beauty While Enhancing Function on a Lid

Posted On March 7, 2014 7 Comments

Tom Turner considers every detail on his pots, even the underside of lids. Initially, He came up with the flange system he uses to act as a counterweight on teapot lids so they would stay put when pouring tea. But he considered every last detail and realized that these flanges could be enhanced with texture. Now he uses them on all of his lidded pots. In today’s post, an excerpt from his new DVD Tom Turner: Understanding Porcelain (now available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Bookstore), he shares his technique.

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Pottery Video of the Week: How to Make a One-Piece Box on the Pottery Wheel

Posted On February 7, 2014 40 Comments

In today’s video, Bill van Gilder demonstrates making a lidded jar on the pottery wheel. The beauty of this jar is that you can make the whole thing from just one lump of clay. And less centering is always a good thing, wouldn’t you say?

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Paying Attention to Design to Create a Gorgeous Wheel Thrown Cup

Posted On January 31, 2014 2 Comments

The key to taking your pots from good to great is careful design (and practice, practice, practice, of course). If you fumble your way through a piece without really thinking it through, well, usually it shows. In today’s video, an excerpt from his DVD Precision Throwing and Intricate Carving, Adam Field explains the design considerations he takes when making one of his cup forms and shows you not only the how, but the why.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Groovy Ceramics: How to Use Scraps of Molding as Pottery Shaping Tools

Posted On January 8, 2014 25 Comments

When Frank James Fisher noticed a bunch of trim scraps at a local home center, his thoughts immediately went to “clay tool.” Today, Frank explains how he has turned these scraps into handy shaping tools for wheel throwing. Next time you’re at a lumberyard, ask for some of the scraps and try them out