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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.


Wheel Throwing Video: Buttered Up – How to Make a Wheel Thrown and Altered Butter Dish on the Pottery Wheel

Posted On March 19, 2010 37 Comments

In this video clip, Keith Phillips shows us how to make a thrown and altered classic American butter dish. It’s a fun project involving both thrown and handbuilt components. As Keith explains, butter sizes vary depending on your location, but his idea can be adapted to whatever size you need. Watch the video!

Wheel Throwing Video: How to Throw Teabowls Off the Hump on the Pottery Wheel

Posted On March 5, 2010 16 Comments

Throwing off-the-hump is a very helpful technique if you are making a series of a form. You only have to center once so you can really get into a rhythm, which makes it easier to repeat the same size and shape. But as Jerry points out in today’s video, it is also a fun exercise for experimenting with variations on a form. Watch the video!

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Wheel Throwing Video – Fitting Form: How to Alter Wheel Thrown Pottery Using Darts

Posted On February 19, 2010 30 Comments

Today, Lorna Meaden, past and future Potters Council workshop presenter, demonstrates how she darts a wheel-thrown pitcher to alter the shape. She also explains how darting can work really well on pots with handles because of the extra negative space that is created between the handle and the dart. As a bonus, she also quickly shows a really cool way to make a
beautiful refined foot that requires little or no trimming. Watch the video!

Wheel Throwing Video: How to Make a Little Teapot (Short and Stout) on the Pottery Wheel

Posted On January 22, 2010 41 Comments

I finally found a teapot video that is about as succinct as they
come – roughly 12 minutes (not bad, considering the process). And the
great thing is, it doesn’t sacrifice detail and good advice. So, sit
back and watch this excerpt from Stephen Jepson’s
Advanced Throwing
Projects and Techniques
. When you’re done, you should have a darn good
foundation for making your own little teapot.

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Ceramic Sculpture Video: Ceramic Sculptor Gerit Grimm Discusses Her Wheel-Thrown and Handbuilt Figurative Sculpture

Posted On January 8, 2010 37 Comments

In today’s video, which was sent to us by Nebraska Educational Telecommunications, a.k.a. NET TV (www.netnebraska.org/television/), Gerit discusses her method of using the pottery wheel to make figurative sculpture. Watch the video!

Wheel Throwing Video: How to Throw and Facet a Pitcher on the Pottery Wheel

Posted On October 30, 2009 42 Comments

In today’s video, potter Stephen Jepson demonstrates how to throw a pitcher on the pottery wheel and then facet it with a cheese slicer. Watch the video!

Wheel Throwing Video: It’s Raining Cats and Frogs! How to Turn Wheel Thrown Functional Pottery into Clay Animal Sculptures

Posted On October 9, 2009 17 Comments

In today’s pottery video, potters Don Ellis and Randy Brodnax playfully demonstrate how, with a little imagination, you can turn your pots into all manner of creatures great and small. Don shows us how to alter a pot into a cat sculpture, while Randy makes a frog out of a pot he slammed onto the ground after throwing. Watch the video!

Less Water, More Control: The Benefits of Dry Throwing on the Pottery Wheel

Posted On October 2, 2009 26 Comments

In today’s video, potter Whitney Smith explains that with a little practice, learning to throw pottery using less water can open doors for you and help you take your pottery to the next level. Watch the video!

Wheel Throwing Video: It’s Gravy! How to Throw a Visually Pleasing and Functionally Sound Sauce Boat on the Pottery Wheel

Posted On September 18, 2009 12 Comments

In today’s video clip, potter Robin Hopper demonstrates throwing a simple sauce boat on the potters wheel, while discussing the aesthetic and functional issues that go into its design. Watch the video now!

The Twenty-Year Teapot: A Potter Discusses the Lengthy Process of Developing His Voice in Pottery, and Shares His Teapot Making Technique Too!

Posted On September 9, 2009 12 Comments

Master potter and impeccable craftsman Jeffrey Nichols talks about finding one’s voice by developing your techniques and your ideas over a period of time. He also demonstrates his accumulated skills by sharing his technique for making a faceted teapot and using his unique decorating technique of layered underglazes.