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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
It never ceases to amaze me that no matter how well I think I know a technique, when I see another potter doing said technique, there is almost always something that I pick up from that potter’s method. It is especially true when the other potter has been doing said technique for a long time.So… Read More »
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… Read More »
A few weeks ago, a student of mine asked me if I could demonstrate throwing a plate for him. It had been a while since I threw a plate so I had to sort of refresh myself the process as I went along. Throwing plates came back to me fairly easily, but this week, after watching… Read More »
A few weeks back, at the NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) conference, the CAD booth was set up across from the Skutt booth. Over the course of the three days we were in the exhibitor hall, Scott Semple worked on a giant pot in the Skutt booth. By the end of… Read More »
There’s nothing quite like a nice, fresh-squeezed glass of orange juice. Despite what the orange juice commercials say, nothing in a carton beats fresh squeezed. And since it is gift giving (and therefore gift-making) season, I thought I would post a fun and easy technique for making a really great gift. Today, Dannon Rhudy shares… Read More »