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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.

Throwing Clay to Achieve Texture and Interest on Assembled Pots

Posted On June 22, 2009 3 Comments

I am happy to announce that Three Great Throwing Techniques: Tips for Throwing Complex Pottery Forms Using Basic Throwing Skills
is now available for download! To give you an idea of the great stuff
featured in this collection, I am posting an excerpt today.

Wheel Throwing Video: How to Throw a Bowl with a Scalloped Rim on the Potter’s Wheel

Posted On June 12, 2009 17 Comments

In this clear and concise video, Mark demonstrates how to make bowls with beautiful undulating rims using a couple of simple tools.

Wheel Throwing Video: How to Throw a Pitcher in Two Parts on the Pottery Wheel

Posted On May 22, 2009 5 Comments

In this great instructional pottery video, potter Nan Rothwell demonstrates throwing a pitcher in two parts on the pottery wheel, covering such processes as throwing in sections, bellying-out a form, making a spout, attaching a handle, and more.

Wheel Throwing Video: Who Says You Need Water to Throw Pots? Ayumi Horie’s Unique Dry Throwing Method

Posted On May 11, 2009 24 Comments

In this video, Rosendale, New York, potter Ayumi Horie demonstrates her unconventional “dry throwing” method, along to some great tunes by Lullatone.

Wheel Throwing Video: One Pound of Clay – Making Mugs as a Warm-Up Exercise

Posted On May 8, 2009 3 Comments

In this excerpt from his full-length DVD Vessels for Victory, Matt Long demonstrates his mug-throwing technique and explains that making mugs is a great way to warm up in the studio. After all, you are more likely to let go and try new ideas when you are only working with one pound of clay.

Wheel Throwing Video: Throw, Dry, Add Coil, Repeat – Using the Coil and Throw Method to Make Large Pottery

Posted On May 1, 2009 2 Comments

In today’s pottery video, potter Gil Stengel demonstrates the coil and throw method for making large pots.

Wheel Throwing Video: Macho Schmacho – How to Throw Hefty Pots on the Pottery Wheel Without Much Muscle

Posted On April 10, 2009 3 Comments

Tony Clennell demonstrates how to make a super cool and super big salad bowl, or “Roman bowl” as he calls it, by throwing it in sections on the pottery wheel.

Wheel Throwing Video: Combining Wheel Throwing and Slab Building Techniques to Create a Functional Baking Dish

Posted On March 20, 2009 5 Comments

In today’s video, potter Laura Ross demonstrates how to make lovely and functional thrown and altered baking dish with a slab built lid.

Wheel Throwing Video: Collaboration – The Ceramic Art of Tom Coleman and Frank Boyden

Posted On February 6, 2009 1 Comment

Today I am doing just that with a clip from a new documentary. Produced by the American Museum of Ceramic Art, the film is called “Collaboration: The Ceramic Art of Tom Coleman and Frank Boyden” and it is a darn good one. This beautifully shot video traces the nearly three-decade partnership of these two master (sorry Tom, I know you don’t like that word) potters. Like any good art documentary, it includes footage of the two artists deftly working and provides insight into what makes this joint venture so successful. So sit back, watch the clip and enjoy!

Deliberate Cracks: Heating and Stretching to Create Crackled Texture on Pottery

Posted On January 12, 2009 8 Comments

Sometimes I feel like I was born in the wrong era because I just love old things: antiques, weathered old buildings, vintage clothing. If you can relate, then you’ll love today’s feature because we’re going to show you how to create a crackled, craggy texture on your pottery. Canadian potter Robin Hopper explains how some heating, some stretching and a little sodium silicate can transform a freshly thrown pot into what looks like a weathered antique.