Whenever I have decided to throw and alter a round form into a square form, I have always done my alterations on the freshly thrown pot. Doing it this way, always leaves the mark of my finger or the tool on the inside of the pot. Sometimes I want that mark, sometimes I don’t.

Not sure why, but it never dawned on me to do this after to pot had stiffened up until I watched this video by Robin Hopper. Robin waits until the pot is just before the leatherhard state and then paddles it, creating 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. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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This clip was excerpted from
Advanced Throwing on the Potters Wheel
with Robin Hopper,
which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Bookstore.

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