This clip was excerpted from Extreme Alterations: Deconstructing and Decorating the Thrown Form, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Shop! A Fun Throwing and Altering Technique for Large BowlsIf you’ve been trying to learn how to throw large pots, Martina Lantin’s altering technique in today’s video clip might make you gasp! Throwing large ceramic… 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.
Throwing off the hump is a great way to maximize efficiency in the studio. Starting off with a large amount of clay and centering what you need for each piece as you go can be a time saver.Alyssa Wagner throws scoops this way so she can make multiple parts quickly and have a number of… Read More »
This clip was excerpted from Lively Forms and Expressive Surfaces with Mark Peters, which is ON SALE in the Ceramic Arts Daily Shop thru November 15, 2016! Considering the Details to Make Better Pots We’ve all heard the saying, “it’s all in the details.” This sentiment rings especially true in functional pottery, or any fine craft. A weak rim… Read More »
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… Read More »
I’ve seen a lot of different ways to make handmade pitcher spouts – from a traditional pulled spout to a slab spout. But I have to admit that Josh DeWeese’s method was all new to me. He starts with a thrown disc of clay and ends up with a unique and attractive attached spout.In today’s… Read More »
Every potter knows how to make clay mugs. But what about making your own travel mug out of clay? Most potters I know just grab a regular mug (handmade, of course) and repurpose it for travel. But that can be a little messy – no lids! If you are tired of spilling coffee in your car,… Read More »
This clip was excerpted from Fundamentals of Wheel Throwing, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Shop! Great Instructions for Making Narrow-Necked Bottles on the WheelMaking clay vases or bottles on the pottery wheel is something every potter should learn and if you have ever struggled with the task, today’s post will definitely help.In this clip… Read More »
This clip was excerpted from Wheel Throwing with Nan Rothwell, which part of our End-of-Summer Video Clearance in the CAD Shop! Wiggle wires are a super fun way to make texture on pottery. You can get wiggle wires from pottery suppliers or make your own by stretching out springs (get the springs at the hardware store or… Read More »
In today’s post, an excerpt from In the Potters Kitchen, Sumi von Dassow shows how to throw a French butter dish on the pottery wheel. If you are unfamiliar with French butter dishes, they are a great way to store real butter (as opposed to margerine) outside the fridge without it going bad. A great… Read More »
Not only does Adam Field go over his meticulous carving techniques on his new DVD, Precision Throwing and Intricate Carving, but he also demonstrates his throwing chops on some fantastic forms. But before all of that he gives one of the best cylinder throwing demos I’ve seen. We’ve probably all had this assignment in our beginning… Read More »