One day as Rick Berman was transporting a board full of soft leatherhard pots around his studio, a pot on the end of the board lost the fight with gravity and tumbled to the floor. Instead of just tossing it in the scrap bucket, Rick decided to drop it on the other side to see… 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.
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…. 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… 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. It 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 »
I had the good fortune to be one of Matt Long’s students when he was in graduate school at Ohio University. Sadly, I only had one class with him because I happened to take it my last quarter. But I really identified with Matt’s philosophy on making pots and that is probably why clay has… 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 »
Berry season is long gone in my neck of the woods, but I couldn’t wait until next summer to share this project. And, of course, there are many places in the world where berries are in season. Today’s video is an excerpt from Wheel Throwing with Nan Rothwell, the next installment in the Ceramic Arts… Read More »
Lately, I have been working on some large bowls for a wedding present for a friend (he’s not a potter so I don’t think he’ll read this!). I’ve been frustrated, though, because try as I might, I can’t seem to get past a certain size. And I really want this bowl to be bigger than… Read More »
Whenever I have decided to throw and alter a round form into a square form, I have always done my alterations on the freshly thrown pot. Doing it this way, always leaves the mark of my finger or the tool on the inside of the pot. Sometimes I want that mark, sometimes I don’t. Not… Read More »