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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.


Salt and Pepper Shakers

How to Make a Stopperless Salt and Pepper Shaker on the Pottery Wheel

Posted On January 30, 2013 12 Comments

Most ceramic salt and pepper shakers require a stopper of some sort – usually cork. But there is a way to make them without stoppers. Just throw a double walled vessel, but instead of joining the inner and outer walls, form a funnel with the inner wall. In today’s post, potter Keith Phillips explains in detail the ins and outs of stopperless salt and pepper shakers. 

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Wheel Throwing Video: How to Throw a Large Bowl on the Pottery Wheel

Posted On December 28, 2012 7 Comments

In today’s video, an excerpt from Stephen Jepson’s DVD How to Throw Large Pots, potter Bill Gossman shows us his method for making a large vase in two wheel-thrown sections. Bill has a couple of tricks up his sleeves that I hadn’t thought of previously, such as a great technique for centering large amounts of clay. So, check it out!

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Another Facet of Faceting: Adding Pizzaz to Wheel-Thrown Pottery

Posted On December 17, 2012 2 Comments

In today’s post, an excerpt from the newly revised Five Great Pottery Wheel Throwing Techniques: Tips on Throwing Complex Pottery Forms Using Basic Throwing Skills, Hank demonstrated how he makes a faceted wheel thrown bowl on the pottery wheel. 

 

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How to Attach a Generous Thrown Knob to a Lid Without Compromising Structure

Posted On December 14, 2012 4 Comments

Sarah Jaeger’s soup tureens have generous, bulbous knobs resembling “onion domes” popular in Russian architecture. They are quite striking and look like they’d be easy to use as well. It can be problematic throwing a knob on a leatherhard lid, especially a large knob and especially with porcelain. There’s always the worry that the lid will give out under the pressure or that the knob will be so heavy it will slump in the kiln. But in today’s post, an excerpt from Throwing, Altering, & Glazing for Function and Beauty, Sarah demonstrates how she makes them and gives tips for avoiding catastrophe! 


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Wheel Throwing in Cross Section

Posted On December 12, 2012 1 Comment

When I was taking my first wheel throwing class, I remember staying in the studio late one night centering clay over and over again. Once I got centering mastered, I remember getting super frustrated because I kept throwing the clay off center when I tried to open it. Then, of course, there was the struggle to pull nice even tall walls. Sound familiar? Since these are not uncommon challenges, I thought I would post this helpful excerpt from Vince Pitelka’s Clay: A Studio Handbook (which is back in print!!). The cross section photos should be a helpful guide for beginners out there and those who teach them.

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How to Throw a Jar with a Quilted Texture

Posted On December 7, 2012 6 Comments

Today (and this weekend) we are having a sale on one of our popular DVDs: Jake Allee’s Assembly Required: Building Complex Pottery Forms by Throwing, Altering, and Assembling. So to give you a taste of Jake’s processes, I thought I would share this clip from his Hex Jar project. The clip is a good one because not only does Jake explain the cool way he makes his quilted texture, but he also gives an excellent explanation of each step of the throwing process. If you struggle with throwing, this video is for you. 

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A Recipe, a Video, and a SALE!!! Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted On November 23, 2012 0 Comments

Here in the U.S., we celebrate Thanksgiving today. So I thought I would say thank you to all of you all over the world for your continued support and enthusiasm for Ceramic Arts Daily. Over the past couple of years, this little old website has grown more than we could have ever expected and we couldn’t have done it without you! And for some Thanksgiving fun, I thought I would send out a recipe that’s a little different than our usual recipes. I am also including a little bonus video for making a vessel to go with it. Have a great day!

Mark Peters sharpens the squared corners of his wheel thrown and altered jar.

Pottery Video of the Week: How to Make a One-Piece Square Jar with a Thrown and Dropped Lid

Posted On November 16, 2012 4 Comments

Mark Peters returns today with another great demo of a pot with some personality. In this clip, He shows us one of his techniques for making a square jar. Square jars are often made by throwing a cylinder with no bottom, squaring it off, and then adding a slab bottom.But in this demo the jar is made in one piece. Mark shares how he accentuates the interior volume and the corners and gives the pot some life. Then he makes a square variation of his thrown and dropped lid (see this post in the Ceramic Arts Daily archives for a more in-depth look at Mark’s thrown and dropped lid!). Happy Friday! 

 

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Bowl Making Turned Upside-Down

Posted On November 12, 2012 0 Comments

Throwing large bowls has been something that has dogged me for quite some time. There’s a certain size bowl that I just cannot seem to get past and while it’s ample, it is not necessarily what I would call large.

 

So I really like Martina Lantin’s bowl making process, which literally turns the typical bowl making technique on its head. In today’s post, Martina shares her upside-down bowl technique. Not only does this technique make larger bowls more achievable, but it opens the doors for adding gestural qualities as well. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

 

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A Beautifully Decorated Wheel Thrown Mug Both Inside and Out

Posted On November 2, 2012 5 Comments

Lorna Meaden considers all the details when designing a new form. That’s why when she came up with a new mug form recently, she decided to carry her mishima decoration around the corner of the rim to the inside of the pot. But this decoration didn’t start in the decorating phase. Paying attention to every detail, Lorna decided that it would make more of a visual impact to throw an interior ridge where the mishima decoration would stop and a different glaze would take over – a beautiful touch that makes for a successful form. In this video, an excerpt from her DVD Integrating Form & Surface with Porcelain, she shows us the cool trick she came up with to make the ridge.