I know I say it a lot here on Ceramic Arts Daily: “consider every detail when making your work!” I’m sorry to be a nag, but it’s very important! It’s what separates a good pot from a super fantastic objet d’art. Tom Turner considers every detail on his pots, even the underside of lids…. 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.
In this clip, an excerpt from his DVD Pottery Techniques: Making Lidded Forms and Trimming, Bill van Gilder demonstrates making a lidded jar on the pottery wheel. The beauty of this jar is that you can make the whole thing from just one lump of clay. And less centering is always a good thing, wouldn’t you… Read More »
The key to taking your pots from good to great is careful design (and practice, practice, practice, of course). If you fumble your way through a piece without really thinking it through, well, usually it shows. In today’s video, an excerpt from his DVD Precision Throwing and Intricate Carving, Adam Field explains the design considerations… Read More »
Potters and ceramic artists are very open minded when it comes to their tools. The general rule of thumb seems to be, if it’s not nailed down, test it out as a pottery tool – actually, even the nailed-down things have probably been considered. So when Frank James Fisher noticed a bunch of trim scraps… Read More »
Pitchers are a fun and challenging form to make and there are lots of different ways to make them. As with most of his forms, Jake Allee likes to cut and assemble his pitchers to give them a little character. In today’s video post, an excerpt from Assembly Required: Building Complex Pottery Forms by… Read More »
One of the most frustrating things you can experience as a potter is getting a bit overzealous with your trimming and trimming through a foot (face it, we’ve all done it!). Today I am sharing an excellent trimming clip from Ben Carter’s new DVD Design for the Soft Surface: Throwing, Handbuilding, and Slip Decorating. In… Read More »
We have started an unofficial tradition of sharing both a clay project and an food recipe at Thanksgiving-time. So today I am posting an article from the Potters Kitchen section of the September/October 2013 issue Pottery Making Illustrated, which also happens to be a good fall project. In this post, Sumi von Dassow demonstrates how… Read More »
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 could stop with his intricately carved surfaces and he would have gorgeous pots, but he… Read More »
Trimming is one of my favorite parts of wheel throwing. But with my limited time in the studio, it is an extra step that I sometimes wouldn’t mind avoiding. But if you skip trimming, you have to make sure you do something to make your feet look finished. Otherwise, an otherwise lovely pot can look… Read More »
I love making forms that go together, like salt and pepper sets, or cups and saucers. It is a fun exercise in problem solving to come up with forms that relate and fit together, both functionally and aesthetically. If you have never tried it, give it a shot. To get you inspired, I am… Read More »