Lately, I have been working on some large bowls for a wedding present for a friend (he’s not a potter so I don’t think he’ll read this!). I’ve been frustrated, though, because try as I might, I can’t seem to get past a certain size. And I really want this bowl to be bigger than… 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.
Whenever I have decided to throw and alter a round form into a square form, I have always done my alterations on the freshly thrown pot. Doing it this way, always leaves the mark of my finger or the tool on the inside of the pot. Sometimes I want that mark, sometimes I don’t. Not… Read More »
Necessity is the mother of invention, as the saying goes, and Paul Donnelly’s tea trays are a prime example of this. These forms were inspired by the practical desire to keep his furniture ring free and a spoon or snack close at hand. By extending the length of the saucer, Paul not only made these… Read More »
There are many, many ways to put lines onto pots – carving, fluting, painting, drawing – but, I have to say, I had never seen anyone doing it quite like Jeff Campana. Jeff takes his well-thrown porcelain pots, chops them up into pieces, and then reassembles them. Then to top it all off, he uses… Read More »
As we saw last week in the three finalist videos from our DIY Clay Tools Video Contest (Don’t forget to vote for your fave! Voting closes tonight at midnight Eastern Standard Time), ceramic artists are pretty clever when it comes to making tools to suit their needs. David Ogle became frustrated when the throwing… Read More »
Handles can be an attractive and practical embellishment for pottery and there are many many ways to make them: pulled, coiled, press molded, etc. But as with any other element in a pot, handles should be an important part of the design of the piece.Potter Mike Guassardo decided to throw handles for his large platters… Read More »
We’ve featured a number of different posts on Ceramic Arts Daily about mixing colored clays to create interesting surfaces, but, so far, we’ve haven’t featured any videos. Until now, that is. Today, Robin Hopper graces the Ceramic Arts Daily small screen with a video on making thrown and faceted vessels with colored clays. Have a… Read More »
There are many design considerations to keep in mind when when making functional tableware. A lot of them may seem like minor details, but a comfortable handle, or a lip that is angled just right on a mug can separate the so-so from the super special. We all have our favorite mugs that we reach… Read More »
Today’s video is one of our honorable mentions from our recent Studio Tour Video Contest. It was submitted by Dianne Kimball of Steilacoom, Washington. In the video, Dianne demonstrates how she makes lovely clay flowers on her pottery wheel. I thought it was an appropriate project to share right about now, what with spring flowers… Read More »
Past Potters Council president and potter extraordinaire Nan Rothwell returns to CAD today with another fantabulous video. In this one, she creates a beautiful wheel-thrown base for a lamp and gives it a super fun textured surface with a “wiggle wire.” Not only is the finished product inspiring, but Nan is an excellent teacher and… Read More »