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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: An Unconventional Method for Throwing a Pitcher on the Pottery Wheel

Posted On August 15, 2008 3 Comments

I thought this would be a fun video to share because of the somewhat unusual methods potter Dave Henry uses to throw his pitchers. I figure that it is always good to think outside the cylinder, so to speak, and see how others approach various ceramic processes, even if you are quite comfortable with your own methods.

A self-proclaimed pack rat, Dave likes to raid his junk box to make homemade ceramic tools. In this video, he uses his hand-made spout maker and a hand-made extruder gun, in addition to some store-bought pottery tools. In case you would like to make a spout maker of your own, we’ve also included Dave’s instructions. He plans to follow up with a video on making his homemade extruder gun, as well. So, look for that in the future. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

How to Make a Wheel-Thrown and Altered Triangular Sake Bottle and Cups

Posted On August 4, 2008 0 Comments
North Carolina potter Judith Duff demonstrates how to make a sake set that is thrown on the wheel and altered using several different tools and techniques. If you have never tried making sake sets, give them a shot. Then you can impress your friends by serving sake using the proper serving implements! – Jennifer Harnetty,… Read More »

Wheel Throwing Video: Making a Homemade Wire Faceting Tool and a Wire Faceted Bowl

Posted On July 11, 2008 7 Comments

Today, we have another video from North Carolina potter Mark Peters. In it, Mark demonstrates how to make a homemade wire faceting tool and then shows how to use it to make a lovely loosely faceted bowl on the potters wheel. Next week, we’ll show you Mark’s follow-up video on trimming and glazing these faceted bowls. Plus, Mark will share a glaze and slip recipe that he likes to use on these forms. Stay tuned!
-Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

Wheel Throwing Video: How to Make a Citrus Juicer on the Potters Wheel

Posted On June 20, 2008 1 Comment

Making citrus juicers on the wheel is a fun and deceptively simple little project. Juicers are handy additions to any kitchen and make great gifts too. In today’s Video Tip of the Week, Simon Leach demonstrates his juicer throwing technique. After a student had requested a juicer demo, Simon obliged and decided to put it on video. If I heard him correctly, I think this is the first juicer he has attempted – pretty darn good for a first try. If you have any tips on making juicers that you would like to share with Simon and everyone else, post them in the comments! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

Wheel Throwing Video: Out of Round Throwing Technique

Posted On June 13, 2008 0 Comments

Today’s video comes from my good friend and instructor Lisa Bare Culp. In this video, Lisa gives a refresher course on throwing good strong bowls on the potter’s wheel, but then reminds us that round isn’t always best. Sometimes alterations to thrown forms can take a good pot to an even higher level! Use Lisa’s demonstration as a starting point and see what other interesting shapes you can come up with.
Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

Wheel Throwing Video: Throwing in Sections

Posted On June 6, 2008 1 Comment

If you want to throw big forms, but think you don’t have the muscle for it, this Video Tip of the Week is for you. For me, large pots are a challenge because of the strain they can put on my wrists and arms. So I am always looking for techniques that can help reduce throwing fatigue. Today, Syracuse, New York, potter Tim See demonstrates how to make larger forms in sections to reduce stress and strain on muscles. -Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

Wheel Throwing Video: Making a Squashed Vase

Posted On May 30, 2008 0 Comments

Today Simon Leach shares another technique with us from his sunny studio in Spain. The “squashed vase” or “purse pot,” as he calls it, is a great form to try if you have grown tired of making round pots. Who said wheel-thrown pots have to be round? Watch the video, then give this technique a whirl! –Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

Wheel Throwing Video: How to Throw Split-Rim Vases on the Potter’s Wheel

Posted On May 22, 2008 4 Comments

This week’s Video Tip of the Week comes to us from Ceramic Arts Daily subscriber Rikki Grace of Bluffton, Ohio. In this video, Rikki demonstrates a technique for creating split-rim vases. This easy-to-follow technique adds a touch of elegance to any vessel creating plenty of opportunities for glazes to pool and break.

Wheel Throwing Video: Creating Rolled Rims on Pottery

Posted On May 9, 2008 0 Comments

It is an exciting day at Ceramic Arts Daily because we are rolling out the latest addition to our repertoire: video tips and techniques! Our first video comes all the way from ceramic artist Simon Leach in Spain. In this clip, Simon shares his technique for making rolled rims on vessel forms.

It is no surprise that Simon Leach got into ceramics since he comes from a pottery family (and a legendary one at that). He is the grandson of Bernard Leach and son of David Leach. But I will leave it to Simon to tell more about his background…Enjoy! –Jennifer Harnetty, editor.