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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.


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Stop, Drop, and Roll: A Dropped Pot Leads to an Interesting New Form

Posted On November 2, 2011 15 Comments

One day as Rick Berman was transporting a board full of soft leatherhard pots around his studio, a pot on the end of the board lost the fight with gravity and tumbled to the floor. Instead of just tossing it in the scrap bucket, Rick decided to drop it on the other side to see what would happen. When he blew air into the flattened pot, the result was a form he really liked and now deliberately creates. In today’s post, Rick explains how he refined this process and now creates his rolled pots.

Mark Peters demonstrates his lid making technique in today's video!

Pottery Video of the Week: Mark Peters Demonstrates his Unconventional Lid-Making Technique

Posted On September 30, 2011 12 Comments

Mark Peters is a master of thinking outside the box when it comes to making pots, and developed his lid-making technique so he could do similar surface treatments on his jars and lids. In today’s post, an excerpt from Mark’s awesome new DVD Lively Forms and Expressive Surfaces, Mark demonstrates his super cool lid making process.

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Wheel Throwing Video: Centering, Throwing and Trimming Tips From an Expert Potter

Posted On September 23, 2011 13 Comments

In this excerpt from Beginning to Throw on the Potter’s Wheel, master potter Robin Hopper shares some tips for centering, throwing and trimming.

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Bonus Pottery Video: Tips for Throwing Strong and Sound Bowls on the Pottery Wheel

Posted On September 19, 2011 13 Comments

It’s a gray, rainy Monday where I am, so I thought it would be a good day for a bonus video. This video was submitted by CAD subscriber Pamela Theis. Pamela did a series of videos for her students at Florida State University so that they would be able to revisit her demos outside of class if they needed to. In this one, she shares some good advice on how to make sturdy, strong bowls.

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Pottery Video of the Week: Great Tips for Throwing Great Plates on the Pottery Wheel

Posted On August 19, 2011 27 Comments

For this week’s pottery video of the week, I have excerpted Bill Van Gilder’s plate throwing demo from is Pottery Techniques DVD (which has just arrived in the Ceramic Arts Daily Bookstore). If you are looking for a plate throwing refresher course, or are starting from scratch, this clip is an excellent reference! 

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Put Your Pottery on a Pedestal: Throwing in Two Parts on the Pottery Wheel to Add Interest to a Catch-All Bowl

Posted On June 22, 2011 16 Comments

In today’s post, Frank James Fisher shares his technique for throwing in two parts to make what he calls a petal bowl because of the flower-like rim treatment.

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Pottery Video of the Week: Think Big! The Secrets of Amping up the Scale of Your Pottery

Posted On April 22, 2011 35 Comments

Over the course of the three days we were in the exhibitor hall at NCECA, Scott Semple worked on a giant pot in the Skutt booth across the way from our booth. Well, Scott just wrapped up an instructional DVD on big pot throwing
and, for those of you who missed the conference, I am presenting an
excerpt from it today. In the DVD, Scott throws one of these babies
over the course of only one day and shares all of the secrets to
pulling off such a feat. This clip is slightly condensed, but it is
still packed with a lot of great information.

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Pottery Video of the Week: How to Make a Textured Sushi Plate Using a Wiggle Wire

Posted On January 28, 2011 42 Comments

I love the technique of using a wiggle wire to cut pots off the wheel, thus creating an interesting texture on the bottom of the piece — a great alternative to trimming a foot. In today’s video, an excerpt from Wheel Throwing with Nan Rothwell, Nan takes that concept a step further by throwing her pot upside down and cutting it off with the wiggly wire, creating texture on the top of the piece. Have a look and think of more directions to take this technique. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Wheel Throwing Video: Matt Long – Making Mugs with Movement

Posted On December 24, 2010 25 Comments

Today’s video is an oldie but a goodie. It’s from Matt’s Vessels for Victory DVD. One of the reasons I like this DVD is because Matt talks about the “why to” as much as the “how to.” Sometimes it is easy to concentrate only on how to throw a particular pot, but not really think about the aesthetic choices made along the way. But Matt reminds us to keep thinking about why we make those choices and about how effective they are visually and functionally.

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Throwing Ceramic Juicers: Simple Wheel-Throwing Techniques Produce a Complex Form

Posted On December 6, 2010 19 Comments

Today, Dannon Rhudy shares her technique for making wheel thrown juicers – and excerpt from our newly expanded edition of Five Great Pottery Wheel Throwing Techniques, which is available as a free download today. If you’ve already downloaded the earlier version of this one, be sure to check out the new techniques that were added.