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 »
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.
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 »
Pitchers are a challenging form because they are designed to hold a lot of liquid and, therefore, the vessel itself must be lightweight or it would be too cumbersome to use. Then again, if it is too light, it might break easily. It’s a delicate balance.In today’s post, an excerpt from the December 2015 issue… Read More »
Today is Thanksgiving Day in America and I am continuing with CAD’s tradition of posting a food-related post along with a recipe (for food, not glaze!) on the Thanksgiving holiday. I have to admit, I never knew why bundt cake pans have the tube in the middle of the pan until I read Sumi von… Read More »
Pitchers are a challenging for because they are designed to hold a lot of liquid and, therefore, the vessel itself must be lightweight or it would be too cumbersome to use. Then again, if it is too light, it might break easily. It’s a delicate balance. In today’s post, an excerpt from the December… Read More »
Throwing pottery off the hump is a valuable technique for any potter to learn. Trimming pots off the hump is slightly less well known, but equally valuable.In today’s post, an excerpt from our free download Five Great Pottery Wheel Throwing Techniques: Tips on Throwing Complex Pottery Forms Using Basic Throwing Skills, Simon Levin explains how… Read More »
Inspired by cup and saucer sets from the 17th and 18th centuries, Lyla Goldstein enjoys investigating the relationship between these two classic pottery forms. In today’s post, an excerpt from our newly revised freebie Five Great Pottery Wheel Throwing Techniques: Tips on Throwing Complex Pottery Forms Using Basic Throwing Skills, Lyla takes us step by… Read More »
Throwing off the hump can really help maximize efficiency in the studio. It may seem like a little thing, but if you are in heavy production the time savings can add up when you start with a large hunk of clay rather than a bunch of small pieces. In today’s post, an excerpt from… Read More »
Frank Krevens had been making faceted cone 10 porcelain work for many years, but after a recent move, he lost access to the high fire kiln. That, and a concern for the environmental impact he was having with the higher fired work, led him to try to develop his palette for low firing. His solution… Read More »
If you ask potters why they work with clay, chances are you’ll hear something to the effect of “the first time I touched clay, I was hooked by its malleability.” This is one of the characteristics of clay that is important to Jane Sawyer. In today’s post, Jane explains how she throws with extra… Read More »