Today (and this weekend) we are having a sale on one of our popular DVDs: Jake Allee’s Assembly Required: Building Complex Pottery Forms by Throwing, Altering, and Assembling. So to give you a taste of Jake’s processes, I thought I would share this clip from his Hex Jar project. The clip is a good… 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.
Here in the U.S., we celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday. Like many holidays, Thanksgiving celebrations typically involve lots of food, and family and friends coming together to reflect on what they are thankful for. So today, I thought I would say thank you to all of you all over the world for your continued support and enthusiasm… Read More »
Mark Peters returns today with another great demo of a pot with some personality. In this clip, he shows us one of his techniques for making a square jar. Square jars are often made by throwing a cylinder with no bottom, squaring it off, and then adding a slab bottom. But in this demo… Read More »
Lorna Meaden considers all the details when designing a new form. That’s why when she came up with a new mug form recently, she decided to carry her mishima decoration around the corner of the rim to the inside of the pot. But this decoration didn’t start in the decorating phase. Paying attention to… Read More »
Throwing in sections is a fantastic way to make large work. Rather than trying to muscle a lot of clay into center and pull a tall form, you can divide the clay into manageable quantities. In today’s post, an excerpt from his book Throwing, Richard Phethean takes this process a step further. He… Read More »
There’s nothing like spending a little time with a master potter to learn ways to improve your productivity in the studio. That’s why nothing can beat a workshop (or an apprenticeship for that matter). Bill van Gilder is one of those potters with a million cool tricks up his sleeve. If you’re not able… Read More »
You may think bigger is better, but it bigger is not necessarily more difficult. As Tony Clennell demonstrates in his DVD Taking the Macho Out of Bigware, the size of a pot has more to do with technique than with muscle. A few basic throwing techniques — and a clever trick or two — will… Read More »
If you’ve ever attended a workshop, you know that you come away with more information than you could possibly remember or apply, and your head is swimming with new ideas and projects to try in your own studio. Not only do you get ideas for how the presenter makes his or her own work, but… Read More »
Today, the Ceramic Arts Daily offices are closed and we are all scurrying about doing last minute holiday preparations. But we didn’t want to leave you hanging, so we are presenting a blast from the past Robin Hopper video. In this clip from his full length DVD Advanced Throwing on the Potter’s Wheel: Extended… Read More »
In this video, which was filmed at a Potters Council workshop a couple of years ago, Nan Rothwell shows us how to make a super cool wiggle wire mug and put a handle on it. As always, Nan’s demonstration is clear and thorough. It’s almost like being at a workshop in person! – Jennifer Harnetty,… Read More »