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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.


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Tips for Centering and Preventing S-Cracks in Dinner Plates

Posted On October 9, 2014 0 Comments

Throwing large plate forms is tricky because it can be hard to master centering and spreading the clay out wide enough without either knocking it off center, or getting water trapped underneath. Then there are S-cracks. If you don’t take steps to prevent those, you might be devastated when your plate comes out of the kiln.

 

If you have experienced these problems, pull up a chair and watch today’s clip from our new platters compilation. In this clip, Adam shows how to master centering and preventing s-cracks in plates. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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How to Make a Tagine

Posted On September 29, 2014 6 Comments

A few years ago a friend of mine had us over for dinner and served one of the most delicious dishes I had ever had. It was a tagine (traditional Moroccan dish named after the ceramic pot it is cooked in) and my mouth waters just thinking of it. Since my husband is an excellent cook, I have often thought about making a tagine for him. And after flipping through our latest book release In the Potters Kitchen, I might just get around to it sooner rather than later. Today, I am sharing the excerpt from In the Potters Kitchem that is inspiring me. Plus a recipe for a Shrimp Tagine. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor. 

 

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How to Create a Beautiful Lobed Rim on a Wheel Thrown Plate

Posted On September 19, 2014 4 Comments

Plates have to be one of my favorite pottery forms to make. I love the big open canvas for decoration and the fact that they can double as wall art if you so desire. Because they are so much fun, though also deceptively challenging, we decided to put together a compilation of plate-making techniques from several different artists. In today’s post, I am sharing an excerpt in which Forrest Lesch-Middelton demonstrates a great way to make a beautiful altered rim on a large plate. Gorgeous. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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How to Throw an Oblong Bowl on the Potters Wheel

Posted On July 30, 2014 9 Comments

We recently featured a square baking dish project on the blog (with a rhubarb crisp recipe too!), but today I thought I would point out that you can use that technique to make all shapes and sizes of baking dishes or bowls. In this post Richard Phethean shows how he makes an asymmetric bowl in a similar way. I really like how he contrasted the asymmetric shape in the finished pot (at left) with a spiral mark on the floor of the pot. Have a look and then see what kind of shapes you can come up with. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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How to Transfer Images to the Inside of a Wheel Thrown Bowls

Posted On July 25, 2014 9 Comments

We have posted a few videos on Ceramic Arts Daily over the years of artists using screen printing techniques on clay in one way or another. But until filming Forrest Lesch-Middelton’s DVD Volumetric Image Transfer on Clay, I had never seen anyone screen print on the inside of a wheel thrown bowl. In today’s post, an excerpt from the DVD, you’ll see the ingenious method Forrest came up with to get his screen-printed imagery onto what he calls his inside-out jars. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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How to Throw an Optimally Designed Whiskey Cup

Posted On July 7, 2014 1 Comment

Whiskey bottles are a popular form in a lot of potters’ vocabularies – understandably because whiskey is delicious! But you also need a cup to drink the whiskey from and if you’re like Matt Schiemann, you put just as much thought into the design of your whisky cups as you do the bottle. In today’s post, an excerpt from the July/August 2014 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, Matt explains how he designs his cups to make the whiskey drinking experience optimal! He also shares his glaze and slip recipes! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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How to Throw a Large Porcelain Bowl Without Collapsing it

Posted On June 20, 2014 13 Comments
No matter what Lorna Meaden says, I’d call the bowl she is throwing in this clip a large bowl, rather than a medium sized bowl – especially since it is porcelain. But as she points out, it took 25 years to be able to call this bowl medium sized. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
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How to Throw Large Platters No Matter What Your Size

Posted On June 16, 2014 3 Comments
Even though you don’t need to pull up high walls with a large platter, large wheel-thrown platters can be challenging, especially if you are small in stature. In today’s post, an excerpt from our 2014 Workshop Handbook, Yoko Sekino Bove gives some great tips for throwing large platters.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
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How to Make a Spouted Batter Bowl That Tells a Story

Posted On April 7, 2014 0 Comments

It is a lot of fun to use pots to tell stories. It can be even more fun to not only tell a story on the form, but to work the form right into the narrative. That’s just what Courtney Long does with her spouted batter bowls with a puffy cloud-shaped handle and playful slip decoration. In today’s post, she shares how she makes these wheel through pots. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

PS. You can see Courtney’s decorating process in the May/June 2014 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated.

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Pottery Video of the Week: A New Twist on a Faceted Bowl

Posted On March 14, 2014 18 Comments

In today’s post, an excerpt from his DVD Lively Forms and Expressive Surfaces (which is now shipping by the way!!), Mark Peters shares a new twist that he came up with for faceting pots. By making the cuts while the pot is still cylindrical and adjusting the way the wire moves through the clay, Mark creates an interesting alternative to the typical faceted surface.