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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.


Glenn Woods explains how to throw upside down for taller, trimmer pots. Simon Levin extols the virtues of throwing and trimming off the hump. 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 demonstrates throwing a great teapot form, one of the most difficult challenges for potters.


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A Great Technique for Throwing Light Curvy Vases on the Pottery Wheel

by Glenn Woods


If you struggle with the problem of having too much clay left at the bottom of your wheel thrown pieces, why not turn things upside down? Glenn Woods did just that and came up with a beautiful lightweight pitcher. Throwing pottery on the wheel is challenging enough. Cut yourself some slack with this great technique!



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Precision Trimming

by Simon Levin


Most potters have heard of throwing off the hump, but trimming off the hump is a little less common. Simon Levin gives tips for maximizing your efficiency on your pottery wheel by doing both. 



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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.



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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.



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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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Ceramic Arts Daily is a free online resource and newsletter written and produced for the benefit of potters and ceramic artists worldwide. The newsletter features both renowned and emerging artists, their work, techniques and artistic perspectives. Regular features include tips and techniques designed to help every artist expand their skill set and widen their artistic horizons. Ceramic Arts Daily also delivers video tips, in which potters and ceramic artists demonstrate various projects and processes. Think of them as e-workshops!


Ceramic Arts Daily is designed to be interactive, inviting your comments and fostering a community in which each person can contribute to the growth of their own and others’ skills. You may be surprised at what you learn!


Ceramic artists on Ceramic Arts Daily know what ceramic art is all about — from functional pottery to abstract ceramic sculpture. This is about community. You’ll be drawn in by artists’ stories, inspired by their work and find confidence to try some of their techniques. With Ceramic Arts Daily, you’ll learn a little bit of everything. Then you can choose the techniques you enjoy the most to create something new!


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10 Comments on "Five Great Pottery Wheel Throwing Techniques: Tips on Throwing Complex Pottery Forms Using Basic Throwing Skills"

  1. flish November 21, 2014 at 9:54 am -
    ​ Ref: jody weigh several balls of clay the same and throw a cylinder high enough for a mug. If the mug turns into a tall vase, cut the weight down. Same process with plates and anything else you want the same size. Depending on your throwing skills, thickness of walls, width, etc, will determine the size of something thrown on a wheel not just the given weight
  2. angelika Fritzsche November 14, 2014 at 2:00 pm -
    Hi, I`m a selfmade german potter since 4 years. It`s the first time I read your newsletter and I have already learned something very useful for my work. I built my first gas-kiln 3 year ago and learned throwing pots on the potters wheel. Until now (I work every day several hours in my studio) it`s amazing how much support I found through the internet, utube, books and blogs. I feel blessed being now a part of this joyful and inspiring world of pottery and energetical people. thank you so much!
  3. Janet Mullins September 20, 2014 at 11:44 am -
    Lakeside Pottery has a chart.
  4. solmaz azimzadeh July 28, 2013 at 9:24 am -
    I am from Iran and love your newsletter so much. Please make some thinks about glazing like avenchoreyan or others. thanks…
  5. Maaike de Bruin July 15, 2013 at 3:45 pm -
    Hi I am from South Africa. I love the newsletters and have learnt so mush. Thank you
  6. mominul prodhan March 23, 2013 at 1:36 am -
    This is mominul prodhan ,man of bogra , Bangladesh .I have no job ,no employment .but honestly ,i feel keen interest about your ceramic Arts and releavant technics .would you please support me by sending some functional technic /process .I Wish i can receive something …for this act of kindness I shall be greatful to you..
  7. larry coffey February 21, 2013 at 11:02 pm -
    thank you for the wonderful tips…great pics to accompany the articles…
  8. Sami Allawi January 2, 2013 at 11:23 am -
    I got good benefit from your nice site. Thank you very much.
  9. susan felts December 28, 2012 at 12:32 pm -
    Wonderful! Thanks for the neat techniques. I see one I woud love to investigate.
  10. jody October 17, 2011 at 6:56 pm -
    I’m looking for a weight chart for hand thrown pieces. How much cly to use for a bowl, mug, dinner plate ex.

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