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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.

Wheel Throwing Video: Throwing and Faceting Colored Clay Vessels

Posted On July 16, 2010 31 Comments

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 look, and then mess around
with these fun surfaces yourselves! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

Wheel Throwing Video: It’s all in the Details – Design Considerations for Wheel Thrown Mugs, Cups, and Saucers

Posted On May 21, 2010 27 Comments

In today’s video, an excerpt from his DVD Form and Function: Ceramic Aesthetics and Design, Robin Hopper discusses the importance of good design on handmade pottery and demonstrates throwing a cup and saucer with these considerations in mind. Watch the video!

April Flowers: How to Make Wheel Thrown Flower Garden Sculptures

Posted On April 9, 2010 91 Comments

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 summer
approaching and spring flowers popping up all around. You won’t have to
look far for inspiration. Watch the video!

Wheel Throwing Video: How to Throw a Lamp with Wiggle Wire Decoration on the Pottery Wheel

Posted On March 26, 2010 42 Comments

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 shares some great tips along the way, such as a nifty way to center large amounts of clay. Watch the video!

Wheel Throwing Video: Buttered Up – How to Make a Wheel Thrown and Altered Butter Dish on the Pottery Wheel

Posted On March 19, 2010 37 Comments

In this video clip, Keith Phillips shows us how to make a thrown and altered classic American butter dish. It’s a fun project involving both thrown and handbuilt components. As Keith explains, butter sizes vary depending on your location, but his idea can be adapted to whatever size you need. Watch the video!

Wheel Throwing Video: How to Throw Teabowls Off the Hump on the Pottery Wheel

Posted On March 5, 2010 16 Comments

Throwing off-the-hump is a very helpful technique if you are making a series of a form. You only have to center once so you can really get into a rhythm, which makes it easier to repeat the same size and shape. But as Jerry points out in today’s video, it is also a fun exercise for experimenting with variations on a form. Watch the video!


Wheel Throwing Video – Fitting Form: How to Alter Wheel Thrown Pottery Using Darts

Posted On February 19, 2010 30 Comments

Today, Lorna Meaden, past and future Potters Council workshop presenter, demonstrates how she darts a wheel-thrown pitcher to alter the shape. She also explains how darting can work really well on pots with handles because of the extra negative space that is created between the handle and the dart. As a bonus, she also quickly shows a really cool way to make a
beautiful refined foot that requires little or no trimming. Watch the video!

Wheel Throwing Video: How to Make a Little Teapot (Short and Stout) on the Pottery Wheel

Posted On January 22, 2010 41 Comments

I finally found a teapot video that is about as succinct as they
come – roughly 12 minutes (not bad, considering the process). And the
great thing is, it doesn’t sacrifice detail and good advice. So, sit
back and watch this excerpt from Stephen Jepson’s
Advanced Throwing
Projects and Techniques
. When you’re done, you should have a darn good
foundation for making your own little teapot.


Ceramic Sculpture Video: Ceramic Sculptor Gerit Grimm Discusses Her Wheel-Thrown and Handbuilt Figurative Sculpture

Posted On January 8, 2010 37 Comments

In today’s video, which was sent to us by Nebraska Educational Telecommunications, a.k.a. NET TV (, Gerit discusses her method of using the pottery wheel to make figurative sculpture. Watch the video!

Wheel Throwing Video: How to Throw and Facet a Pitcher on the Pottery Wheel

Posted On October 30, 2009 42 Comments

In today’s video, potter Stephen Jepson demonstrates how to throw a pitcher on the pottery wheel and then facet it with a cheese slicer. Watch the video!