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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: 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.

Wheel Throwing Video: A Simple Pottery Making Technique Turned Upside Down

Posted On August 21, 2009 52 Comments

Brace yourselves, Ceramic Arts Daily readers. Today’s video is going to turn your world upside down! Potter Mark Peters takes a simple pottery wheel throwing technique and turns it on its head. Watch the Video!

Throwing Tips for Making Tall Forms

Posted On June 25, 2009 1 Comment

While attending a workshop, I watched Mark Issenberg create one of his
signature pieces: a tall vase, thrown in three pieces, embellished with
decorative handles. The making of the vase is described in the
following process.

Square Dancing: Creating a Diamond-Shaped Baking Dish with an Undulating Rim on the Pottery Wheel

Posted On June 23, 2009 19 Comments

Today, Dick Lehman shares his techniques for throwing “dancing” baking dishes on the potter’s wheel, a technique inspired by a demonstration at a workshop years ago.