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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. 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.
Pottery Wheel Throwing Technique #1
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!
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
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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