Everyone who is learning to throw on the pottery wheel has probably had moments when they wanted to give the clay a whack (or throw it across the room). But this doesn’t necessarily have to be a result of frustration. A good thwack can actually be a nice aesthetic touch. In today’s video, Robin… 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.
Using two clays of contrasting color to throw or handbuild pottery can lead to some very beautiful surfaces. Colored clays can be wedged together to the point at which they are marbled and then thrown on the pottery wheel or handbuilt into various forms. Or they can be stacked and sliced through the cross section… Read More »
Tom Turner is a firm believer in the phrase “no detail is too small,” which is one of the reasons his pots are so exquisite. One of the details that he prides himself on are his quiet, no-friction, perfectly fitting lids.Tom spends time throughout the making process to make sure he is getting the tightest… Read More »
When Sarah Jaeger started making her fluted serving bowls she decided to add a decorative flange about three quarters up as a way of dividing up the space for decoration. But this was one of those happy coincidences when the decoration also enhanced the function by creating a natural place for hands to rest when… Read More »
Most ceramic salt and pepper shakers require a stopper of some sort – usually cork – to keep the contents in. But there is a way to make them without stoppers. Just throw a double-walled vessel, but instead of joining the inner and outer walls, form a funnel with the inner wall. In today’s… Read More »
We’ve featured a few videos on throwing large pots here on Ceramic Arts Daily (you can see these here in the video archives). But I’m a firm believer that, with clay, it is never redundant to see a process you think you know very well done by another potter. So I decided to feature another… Read More »
Faceting clay is a great way to make a round wheel-thrown form look more interesting. While many facet clay with rasps at the leatherhard stage, Hank Murrow prefers to do it on a freshly thrown pot right on the wheel head. Then he continues to throw the form to make the marks from the faceting… Read More »
When I was taking my first wheel throwing class, I remember staying in the studio late one night centering clay over and over again. Once I got centering mastered, I remember getting super frustrated because I kept throwing the clay off center when I tried to open it. Then, of course, there was the struggle… Read More »
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 »
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 »