A few weeks back, at the NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) conference, the CAD booth was set up across from the Skutt booth. Over the course of the three days we were in the exhibitor hall, Scott Semple worked on a giant pot in the Skutt booth. By the end of… 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.
There’s nothing quite like a nice, fresh-squeezed glass of orange juice. Despite what the orange juice commercials say, nothing in a carton beats fresh squeezed. And since it is gift giving (and therefore gift-making) season, I thought I would post a fun and easy technique for making a really great gift. Today, Dannon Rhudy shares… Read More »
Berry season is long gone in my neck of the woods, but I couldn’t wait until next summer to share this project. And, of course, there are many places in the world where berries are in season.Today’s video is an excerpt from Wheel Throwing with Nan Rothwell, the next installment in the Ceramic Arts Daily… Read More »
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 »
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 »