I have gotten a lot of requests for videos showing the “off-the-hump” method of throwing repeat forms on the pottery wheel and I have finally found a very good clip of this technique to share with you!
This video comes from Jerry Horning’s DVD
Making Pots on the Wheel. Throwing off-the-hump is a very helpful technique if you are making a series of a form. You only have to center once so you can really get into a rhythm, which makes it easier to repeat the same size and shape. But as Jerry points out, it is also a fun exercise for experimenting with variations on a form. And don’t be discouraged if you don’t have the muscle to center the large amount of clay that Jerry centers in the video. You can still use this technique with a lot less clay. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.