This clip was excerpted from Precision Throwing and Intricate Carving, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Shop! If there is one thing I have learned from making DVDs with uber-talented artists over the last couple of years, it’s to pay attention to all the details. The details make all the difference in the world.Adam Field… 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.
When you’ve gotten the hang of throwing mugs and bowls and are ready to branch out into some more challenging forms, making jars is a great step. Throwing the body of the jar isn’t too much different from throwing a cylinder, but you might wonder how to make a lid for a jar.In today’s post,… Read More »
This clip was excerpted from Making and Decorating for Surface Depth, which is available as part of the Innovative Texture Techniques Collection in the Ceramic Arts Daily Shop! A Different Approach to Throwing Clay on The Wheelby Lisa OrrI have tried many different approaches to throwing clay bowls on the potter’s wheel, but until filming Lisa Orr’s video, I… Read More »
Sets are a lot of fun. They’re a great way to play around with form, and a wonderful project if you like to make animated work. Jen Mecca sees her salt and pepper shakers as characters that need to interact and relate to one another.In this post, Jen shares her method for wheel throwing and… Read More »
In my neck of the woods, it’s almost rhubarb season! So I thought I would repost Sumi von Dassow’s article on how to make a baker for rhubarb crisp, from the Pottery Making Illustrated archives.In this post, Sumi demonstrates how she makes her lovely square baking dishes (that are great for any type of baked… Read More »
Mugs are one of my favorite ceramic forms to make (and use) and seem to be about all I make lately. I got lots of inspiration for new mug forms at last week’s NCECA (National Conference on Education for the Ceramic Arts) Conference and can’t wait to get back into the studio to play around.For… Read More »
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… Read More »
Ever since buying one of Chandra Debuse’s yunomi’s a couple of years ago, I wondered how she created the biomorphic volumes that give these forms their wonderful Seuss-like quality. Turns out, they are made with the aid of craft foam – that craft store staple that is ubiquitous in children’s art projects.Chandra reveals the secrets… Read More »
Most potters know that the Surform tool is a marvelous tool – so marvelous that it even has a wikipedia entry. And as I learned on the Wikipedia entry, aside from pottery, it is used in woodworking, automobile shops, and it can even be used to trim an elephant’s toenails!For Nick DeVries, it was the… Read More »
If you are a potter, chances are you are familiar with the terms “throwing and altering,” and can conjure up images of thrown-and-altered work. But the technique I am sharing in today’s video might be a little less familiar.In this post, an excerpt from her new video Function and Adornment: Handbuilding Functional & Decorative Forms,… Read More »