A couple of years ago, master potter Tom Turner hosted a two-day
workshop. Fortunately, for those who were not lucky enough to attend
the workshop, he had the whole thing filmed and turned it into a DVD.
The DVD is chock full of little nuggets of wisdom that come from
Turner’s many years of making pottery. I picked out three of those
little nuggets to share with you today.
I love the technique of using a wiggle wire to cut pots off the wheel, thus creating an interesting texture on the bottom of the piece — a great alternative to trimming a foot. In today’s video, an excerpt from Wheel Throwing with Nan Rothwell, Nan takes that concept a step further by throwing her pot upside down and cutting it off with the wiggly wire, creating texture on the top of the piece. Have a look and think of more directions to take this technique. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
Today’s video is an oldie but a goodie. It’s from Matt’s Vessels for Victory DVD. One of the reasons I like this DVD is because Matt talks about the “why to” as much as the “how to.” Sometimes it is easy to concentrate only on how to throw a particular pot, but not really think about the aesthetic choices made along the way. But Matt reminds us to keep thinking about why we make those choices and about how effective they are visually and functionally.
Today’s video is an excerpt from Wheel Throwing with Nan Rothwell,
the next installment in the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video series
(which is coming soon to a Ceramic Arts Daily Bookstore near you!). I
am super excited about this forthcoming DVD, which is packed with
clear, step-by-step demonstrations from simple cylinders to more
complex multi-part forms — and it’s all delivered in the the friendly,
low-key, and practical teaching style we’ve come to appreciate from
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 I can’t seem to get past a certain size. Part of my struggle has been centering enough clay to accommodate a really big pot. So, I watched the section on bowls in Stephen Jepson’s How to Throw Large Pots DVD and got a couple of helpful tips that I am excited to try when I go to the studio on Monday. I’m sharing them with you today!
In today’s video, Robin Hopper shows us how he paddles bowls into the shapes he wants when he gets bored with the traditional round thrown form. This techniques creates nice straight sides with subtle rounded
corners, and no marks on the inside of the pot. Plus, these straight
sides make wonderful canvases for decoration. Watch the video!