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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.


Round is Overrated: How to Transform Wheel Thrown Forms into Different Shapes Using a Paddle

Posted On October 15, 2010 7 Comments

In today’s video, Robin Hopper shows us how he paddles bowls into the shapes he wants when he gets bored with the traditional round thrown form. This techniques creates nice straight sides with subtle rounded
corners, and no marks on the inside of the pot. Plus, these straight
sides make wonderful canvases for decoration. Watch the video!

Paul Donnelly’s tea tray is inspired by a variety of things: Architecture, landscape and by the practical desire to keep furniture ring free and a spoon or snack close at hand.

A Potter Extends the Practicality of a Cup and Saucer Set

Posted On October 4, 2010 39 Comments

Necessity is the mother of invention, as the saying goes, and Paul Donnelly’s tea trays are a prime example of this. Today, Paul Donnelly explains how he makes his tea trays using a combination of wheel throwing, press molding and slab-building techniques.

More than meets the eye—the lines on Jeff Campana’s pots go beyond just scratching the surface.

Decorating Through Disassembly: Jeff Campana’s Sliced and Spliced Porcelain Pottery

Posted On September 20, 2010 21 Comments

There are many, many ways to put lines onto posts – carving, fluting, painting, drawing – but, I have to say, I had never seen anyone doing it quite like Jeff Campana. Jeff takes his well-thrown porcelain pots, chops them up into pieces, and then reassembles them. Then to top it all off, he uses glazes that pool in the seams. Today, Jeff shares his technique and how he arrived at such a labor intensive process in the first place.

Examples of egotes (Japanese throwing sticks).

How to Make Ergonomic Pottery Throwing Sticks

Posted On August 2, 2010 9 Comments

In today’s post, an excerpt from our new free download Pottery Throwing Tools: A Guide to Making and Using Pottery Tools for Wheel Throwing, David explains how to make his ergonomic custom curved throwing sticks.

Get a Grip! How to Make Wheel Thrown Handles for Platters

Posted On July 19, 2010 9 Comments

Potter Mike Guassardo decided to throw handles for his large platters on
the pottery wheel because this method enabled him to carry a decorative
element on his rims through to the handles. Today, he demonstrates this
process.

Wheel Throwing Video: Throwing and Faceting Colored Clay Vessels

Posted On July 16, 2010 31 Comments

We’ve featured a number of
different posts
on Ceramic Arts Daily about mixing colored clays to
create interesting surfaces, but, so far, we’ve haven’t featured any
videos. Until now, that is.

Today, Robin Hopper graces the
Ceramic Arts Daily small screen with a video on making thrown and
faceted vessels with colored clays. Have a look, and then mess around
with these fun surfaces yourselves! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

Wheel Throwing Video: It’s all in the Details – Design Considerations for Wheel Thrown Mugs, Cups, and Saucers

Posted On May 21, 2010 27 Comments

In today’s video, an excerpt from his DVD Form and Function: Ceramic Aesthetics and Design, Robin Hopper discusses the importance of good design on handmade pottery and demonstrates throwing a cup and saucer with these considerations in mind. Watch the video!

How to Make a Lively Thrown and Altered Teapot on the Pottery Wheel

Posted On May 5, 2010 16 Comments

There are myriad ways to build non-round forms, but if you love
throwing, you’ll probably find that throwing and altering works best
for you. In today’s post, Cheri Glaser demonstrates a lively
squared-off teapot project. Not only does she cover throwing and
altering forms, but she also shares some other neat techniques, like
her thrown slab bottoms and pulled spouts.

April Flowers: How to Make Wheel Thrown Flower Garden Sculptures

Posted On April 9, 2010 91 Comments

Today’s video is one of our honorable mentions from our recent
Studio Tour Video Contest. It was submitted by Dianne Kimball of
Steilacoom, Washington. In the video, Dianne demonstrates how she makes
lovely clay flowers on her pottery wheel. I thought it was an
appropriate project to share right about now, what with summer
approaching and spring flowers popping up all around. You won’t have to
look far for inspiration. Watch the video!

Wheel Throwing Video: How to Throw a Lamp with Wiggle Wire Decoration on the Pottery Wheel

Posted On March 26, 2010 42 Comments

Nan Rothwell returns to CAD today with another fantabulous video. In this one, she creates a beautiful wheel-thrown base for a lamp and gives it a super fun textured surface with a “wiggle wire.” Not only is the finished product inspiring, but Nan is an excellent teacher and shares some great tips along the way, such as a nifty way to center large amounts of clay. Watch the video!