We all have them – bowls on countertops, shelves, or dressers that catch our keys, jewelry, or spare change. But as makers of handmade pottery, we have the ability to make them more special than the average knick knack bowl picked up at the local big box store. And what better way to make something… 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 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… Read More »
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… Read More »
Throwing bottomless pots and adding slab bases is a great way to play around with shapes other than round – without a thrown bottom you are free to alter the pot into any old shape. In this post, an excerpt from his book Throwing, Richard Phethean shows how he makes an asymmetric bowl. I… Read More »
We have posted a few videos on Ceramic Arts Daily over the years of artists using image transfer techniques on clay in one way or another. But until filming Forrest Lesch-Middelton’s DVD Volumetric Image Transfer on Pottery, I had never seen anyonetransfer imagery to the inside of a wheel thrown bowl. In today’s post,… Read More »
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 whiskey cups as you do the bottle. In… Read More »
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. … Read More »
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. Throwing Process … 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 »
In today’s clip, 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. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor. Having… Read More »