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Full of great pottery techniques, as well as ideas you can apply to any pottery project, these step-by-step wheel-throwing instructions will help you improve your pottery throwing skills from concept through completion. For a tool that really does one thing (spins in a circle), the number of techniques and results possible on the pottery wheel are just astounding. William Schran explains how to make, use, and effectively repeat large and complex forms on the pottery wheel using templates. Billy Lloyd throws porcelain that look like it’s machine made, but the techniques you acquire trying to duplicate this technique means you’ll be able to tackle most any form in any style. Lyla Goldstein loves the concept of saucers and how they elevate the cup to a new level­. A great gift idea! And if you saw Yoko Sekino-Bové you’d admire how someone of small stature can make such large pieces, but that’s the secret she has to share. Finally, Doug Peltzman demostrates throwing a great teapot form, one of the most difficult challenges for potters.

 

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Pottery Wheel Throwing Technique #1 – Using a Wheel Throwing Template

by Bill Schran

 

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To use a template, as in the wheel-throwing project for the set of cups, prepare several balls of clay weighing between ¾–1 lb. each. Throw a basic wide cylinder. Check the interior diameter, height and width of this basic form with calipers.

 

Tip: Make a template for the basic cylinder form as well as the finished piece. The first template, showing the right width and shape of the ideal starting cylinder, can help you get the right basic shape.

 

Once you have your cylinder ready, lubricate the interior of the pot, but do not lubricate the outside. Avoiding excess water results in a stronger form that can better withstand manipulation and alteration when using the template. Position the bottom of the template so that it’s just touching the bottom of the pot and rests on the wheel head. The template should contact the wheel but should not be pressed against it. Hold the template at approximately a 45° angle, abutting the rotating clay, such that the clay moves away from the edge of the template. The template should not be held at a 90° angle to the pot as this may lead to inadvertently shifting the template into the movement of the clay.

 

The fingers of the interior hand slowly move up, pushing the clay out to the curve of the template. As the pot widens, the hand must move up along the interior of the form more slowly so that it remains symmetrical. After reaching the top, the profile of the pot and template should be compared. If the pot does not match the template, move the fingers of the interior hand down from the top to the bottom, pushing out where necessary, to conform to the profile of the template. This is often necessary for shapes with wider diameters. Refine the rim with a sponge or chamois and the cup is complete.

 

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Tips on Throwing Complex Pottery Forms Using Basic Throwing Skills:

 

 

 

Pottery Wheel Throwing Technique 2

 

Precision Wheel Throwing

by Billy Lloyd

 

The new aesthetic in ceramics is highly-refined, elegant tableware. Billy Lloyd demonstrates his step-by-step technique for throwing remarkable streamlined porcelain jars—many simple steps with lots of attention to details.

 

 

 


Pottery Wheel Throwing Technique 3

 

Throwing a Cup and Saucer

by Lyla Goldstein

 

Throwing pots on the wheel is one thing but to throw two pieces that work together is a skill every potter should have. Lyla Goldstein loves the experience of drinking from a cup with a saucer and demonstrates her wheel throwing technique for making this classic combo.

 

 

 

 

 


Pottery Wheel Throwing Technique 4

 

An Easy Pottery Technique for Making Big Platters

by Yoko Sekino-Bovè

 

Throwing large pieces is an exciting challenge for any potter, and the reactions from non-potters is worth every bit of the effort. Yoko shows how even the smallest potters can make really impressive wheel-thrown platters.

 

 

 

 


Pottery Wheel Throwing Technique 5

 

How to Throw a Teapot

by Doug Peltzman

 

The teapot form is one of the most challenging projects to throw on a potters wheel. Doug Peltzman creates beautiful teapots and he demonstrates his complex technique that is sure to take your pottery skills up a notch.

 

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