Theme: Throwing
Throwing is the most popular pottery forming method. The wheel has a certain mesmerizing magic about it as your hands center then plunge into the spinning clay, bringing a shape to life. Like handbuilding, there are many techniques and nuances involved with throwing, as creative potters continually add their ‘spin’ to standard methods and materials. Here you’ll find a selection of artists’ ideas on making multiples, using porcelain, throwing large or reinventing a kitchen tool.

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High Profile
by William Schran
Design once, throw many. Here’s how to design, make and use throwing templates to help assure you get pots that will help you on the way to making multiple pieces that resemble each other. Between the template and a little practice, you’ll be making thrown sets in no time.


The Pancaker
by Keith Phillips
Inspired by a kitchen gadget from the 1950s, Keith’s Pancaker is the perfect gift for holidays and special occasions. This how-to pottery project allows for lots of room for creating your own unique form while giving you every detail about the mechanism. Anyone for perfect pancakes?



Getting Started with Porcelain
by Antoinette Badenhorst
Choosing a white clay body might look like a simple choice, but because of porcelain’s unique working characteristics, a little advance information is in order. Antoinette discusses the in’s and out’s of working in porcelain and provides some direction depending on what you want to achieve.

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Throwing Big
by Michael Guassardo
Leading South African studio potters David Schlapobersky and Felicity Potter share their technique for throwing big pots. In David’s step-by-step how-to, you’ll discover the art of centering a large amount of clay, flash drying with a torch, then adding coils to continue building.


In the Mix: Reticulation Glazes
by Robin Hopper
Reticulation glazes from a group of specialixed glazes that show patterns of heavy crawling, or reticulation. The patterns look similar to lichens, lizard skin or leopard skin depending on the glaze base. This excerpt from Robin Hopper’s best selling book The Ceramic Spectrum gives you two base glazes and 20 color variations.


Tools of the Trade: Going Green
by Bill Jones
If you have the itch to go green in your studio, you may be interested in getting a kick wheel. In this overview of what’s available, you can choose between top of the line models and economical kits to custom wheels.


Supply Room: Buying Porcelain
by Antoinette Badenhorst
Porcelain artist Antoinette Badenhorst provides some sage advice about how to determine whether porcelain is the clay you’re looking for. If so, she also includes a lot of tips that will prevent some of the most common problems that arise with this temperamental clay.


Tips from the Pros: Sun Screen
by Paul Andrew Wandless
Screenprinting ranks as one of the most popular printmaking techniques. If you’re looking for a simple way to transfer complex design, patterns or images onto ceramic art pieces, then this is the perfect project. Paul provides a step-by-step and product information for PhotoEZ.


Instructors File: Throwing: A Three-Stage Approach
by Jake Allee
To answer the question “How do You Teach Someone How To Throw” Jake Allee gave it a lot of thought. If you use his “nuts and bolts” three-stage technique, you’ll discover why hands-on experience is just part of the throwing process. Click here to download Allee’s throwing worksheet.


Off the Shelf: The Basics of Throwing
Review by Sumi von Dassow
David Cohen is more than just another throwing book. Captivating and well written and presented in a systematic way that incorporates design and aesthetics. A book for potters at any level of proficiency

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