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 »
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.
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 »
We smashed the lid on our butter dish about three years ago and I have been meaning to make another one ever since. And today’s video just might have given me the motivation I needed to finally get to it! In this clip, Keith Phillips shows us how to make a thrown and altered classic… Read More »
I have gotten a lot of requests for videos showing the “off-the-hump” method of throwing repeat forms on the pottery wheel and I have finally found a very good clip of this technique to share with you! This video comes from Jerry Horning’s DVD Making Pots on the Wheel. Throwing off-the-hump is a very helpful… Read More »
We get a lot of requests for videos demonstrating how to make a teapot here at Ceramic Arts Daily, and it has always been a difficult request to fulfill because teapots are pretty involved little projects. But I finally found a teapot video that is about as succinct as they come – roughly 12 minutes… Read More »
When most people think of wheel throwing, they think functional pottery, but there’s no rule saying the pottery wheel has to be used only for making pots. Many ceramic sculptors quite effectively use the wheel as a tool including German sculptor Gerit Grimm, an artist in residence at the Lux Center for the Arts in… Read More »
Pitchers are a project that I rarely take on. Not sure why. Well, maybe I do know why: I always end up with wimpy, anemic little spouts. And, guess what? Those spouts are not getting any less anemic because I am not practicing them because I rarely do pitchers.So today I thought I would share… Read More »
Every potter, at one time or another, has had a pot collapse because it became water logged. Porcelain is especially susceptible to too much water, but, regardless of the clay you use, it is not a bad idea for all potters to learn to throw with less water because it simply offers you more control…. Read More »
Making pottery that looks beautiful is one type of challenge. Making pottery that functions well is another. But making pottery that looks beautiful AND functions well, that is even more tricky. It is what we all strive for, but sometimes we do not consider how the two work together. It is all too easy to… Read More »
As ceramic artists and potters, one of the most important things to remember is that it takes time to develop your skills and voice. I confess that, after more than twelve years at this, I am still working on that voice of mine (and I think I will always be trying to perfect those skills)…. Read More »