Personally, I find trimming pots quite enjoyable, but a lot of people just hate it. One way to minimize your trimming agony is to throw your pots with thinner bottoms (about 3/16 of an inch), remove any excess clay at the bottom in the throwing stage, and then cut the pot off the wheel with a wiggle wire for some extra interest.


Bill van Gilder takes this one step further by giving the edges a nice finished look. He does this in three different ways and, in today’s video clip, he shares them. He also shares a great idea for attaching your pot to the wheel head for trimming. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


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This clip was excerpted from Bill van Gilder’s Pottery Techniques, Volume II, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Bookstore.

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