Most ceramic salt and pepper shakers require a stopper of some sort – usually cork – to keep the contents in. But there is a way to make them without stoppers. Just throw a double-walled vessel, but instead of joining the inner and outer walls, form a funnel with the inner wall. In today’s… 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.
We’ve featured a few videos on throwing large pots here on Ceramic Arts Daily (you can see these here in the video archives). But I’m a firm believer that, with clay, it is never redundant to see a process you think you know very well done by another potter. So I decided to feature another… Read More »
Faceting clay is a great way to make a round wheel-thrown form look more interesting. While many facet clay with rasps at the leatherhard stage, Hank Murrow prefers to do it on a freshly thrown pot right on the wheel head. Then he continues to throw the form to make the marks from the faceting… Read More »
When I was taking my first wheel throwing class, I remember staying in the studio late one night centering clay over and over again. Once I got centering mastered, I remember getting super frustrated because I kept throwing the clay off center when I tried to open it. Then, of course, there was the struggle… Read More »
Today (and this weekend) we are having a sale on one of our popular DVDs: Jake Allee’s Assembly Required: Building Complex Pottery Forms by Throwing, Altering, and Assembling. So to give you a taste of Jake’s processes, I thought I would share this clip from his Hex Jar project. The clip is a good… Read More »
Here in the U.S., we celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday. Like many holidays, Thanksgiving celebrations typically involve lots of food, and family and friends coming together to reflect on what they are thankful for. So today, I thought I would say thank you to all of you all over the world for your continued support and enthusiasm… Read More »
Mark Peters returns today with another great demo of a pot with some personality. In this clip, he shows us one of his techniques for making a square jar. Square jars are often made by throwing a cylinder with no bottom, squaring it off, and then adding a slab bottom. But in this demo… Read More »
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 »
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 »