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Tagged:  Wheel Throwing Techniques




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How to Transfer Images to the Inside of a Wheel Thrown Bowls

Posted On July 25, 2014 6 Comments

We have posted a few videos on Ceramic Arts Daily over the years of artists using screen printing techniques on clay in one way or another. But until filming Forrest Lesch-Middelton’s DVD Volumetric Image Transfer on Clay, I had never seen anyone screen print on the inside of a wheel thrown bowl. In today’s post, an excerpt from the DVD, you’ll see the ingenious method Forrest came up with to get his screen-printed imagery onto what he calls his inside-out jars. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Building Complex Pottery Forms Simply

Posted On July 16, 2014 6 Comments

Bryan Hopkins jokingly refers to his pots as dysfunctional vessels because of their high loss rate. But he says that just comes with the territory when your goal is to push the material to its limits. In today’s post, an excerpt from an upcoming article in Ceramics Monthly, Hopkins explains his process, which includes throwing posts on the wheel, cutting them into slab sections, pressing some of the sections into bisque molds, then putting all back together in interesting constructions.

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How to Throw an Optimally Designed Whiskey Cup

Posted On July 7, 2014 1 Comment

Whiskey bottles are a popular form in a lot of potters’ vocabularies – understandably because whiskey is delicious! But you also need a cup to drink the whiskey from and if you’re like Matt Schiemann, you put just as much thought into the design of your whisky cups as you do the bottle. In today’s post, an excerpt from the July/August 2014 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, Matt explains how he designs his cups to make the whiskey drinking experience optimal! He also shares his glaze and slip recipes! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Out of the Fire – Featuring Kevin Crowe

Posted On July 1, 2014 0 Comments
New Video Release! This video offers a look into the world of wood-firing potters, who use ancient, labor-intensive techniques to achieve stunning surfaces on their pots. Join potter and Chair Elect of the Potters Council Advisory Board Kevin Crowe, apprentice Krista Loomans, and their crew as they complete a four day kiln firing of nearly 2000 clay pots.
CLICK HERE to learn more about the video.
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A Brilliant Homemade Tool That Helps Steady the Hands When Throwing Large Pots

Posted On June 30, 2014 3 Comments

Throwing really large pots, and trimming them, is hard work. This is especially true when your pot gets to be several feet tall and you need to keep your arms and hands steady as you stand to finish your pulls. In today’s post, an excerpt from the June/July/August issue of Ceramics Monthly, Jim Wylder shares the tool he invented to lend a helping hand. PS. To see an adaptation to this tool, which can help with even glaze or slip application, check out the June/July/August 2014 issue of CM!- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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How to Throw a Large Porcelain Bowl Without Collapsing it

Posted On June 20, 2014 12 Comments
No matter what Lorna Meaden says, I’d call the bowl she is throwing in this clip a large bowl, rather than a medium sized bowl – especially since it is porcelain. But as she points out, it took 25 years to be able to call this bowl medium sized. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
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How to Throw Large Platters No Matter What Your Size

Posted On June 16, 2014 3 Comments
Even though you don’t need to pull up high walls with a large platter, large wheel-thrown platters can be challenging, especially if you are small in stature. In today’s post, an excerpt from our 2014 Workshop Handbook, Yoko Sekino Bove gives some great tips for throwing large platters.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
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Ribbing and Stretching Lively Marks into Thrown and Altered Pottery

Posted On June 13, 2014 2 Comments
Nick Joerling likes to make pots that are “active in the mind and imagination.” He achieves this goal by making gestural marks with simple tools on the wheel and then stretching and bending the clay to enhance those marks. In today’s post, an excerpt from his brand new video Gesture and Form: Throwing and Handbuilding,… Read More »
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Gesture and Form: Wheel Throwing and Handbuilding

Posted On June 12, 2014 0 Comments
In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video series, Nick Joerling shares his techniques for combining handbuilding and wheel throwing to make his signature animated pottery. Enamored with marks and gestures that can only be made on a spinning wheel, Nick begins the video — as well as most of his work — on the potters wheel. He then switches to the table top so he can stretch the clay further into forms that are imbued with sensuality, life, and humor. In addition, he explains his glazing and decorating process and shares glaze recipes in the bonus features. Along the way, he shares tips, techniques, as well as aesthetic insights for creating functional pottery that engages the imagination.
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Throw, Cut, and Paste: Combining Wheel Throwing and Handbuilding to Create Distinctive Vibrant Forms

Posted On June 9, 2014 15 Comments

Potter Joan Bruneau wanted a little more lift from her thrown vase forms, but pesky old gravity was keeping the bottoms looking static. So she started to think of other ways she could make more gestural forms and came up with what she calls her “cut and paste” technique. Today, Joan shares that technique with us.