There are so many wonderful ways to alter wheel thrown pottery into interesting shapes beyond the round. One of these techniques, darting, borrows from sewing and is a great way to take a simple cylinder and give it a little oomph! Today, Lorna Meaden, past and future Potters Council workshop presenter, demonstrates how she… 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.
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 »
Brace yourselves, Ceramic Arts Daily readers. Today’s video is going to turn your world upside down. And if it doesn’t turn your world upside down, it will most likely turn your platters upside down. Potter Mark Peters is back with another great wheel throwing video in which he takes a basic pottery making technique and… Read More »
While attending a workshop, I watched Mark Issenberg create one of his
signature pieces: a tall vase, thrown in three pieces, embellished with
decorative handles. The making of the vase is described in the
It’s workshop season so today I thought I would present a project that was inspired by a workshop demonstration. Years ago, potter Dick Lehman observed John Glick, one of his pottery heroes, demonstrating at a workshop. One of the techniques he observed that day stuck with him and, years later, it resurfaced in his work…. Read More »