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Tips for Throwing and Trimming a Scalloped-Rim Bowl Off the Hump

Posted On August 28, 2015 2 Comments
Throwing off the hump can really help maximize efficiency in the studio. It may seem like a little thing, but if you are in heavy production the time savings can add up when you start with a large hunk of clay rather than a bunch of small pieces.   In today’s post, an excerpt from… Read More »
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Throw, Facet, Throw: How to Create Beautiful Cups with Undulating Texture

Posted On August 26, 2015 2 Comments
Frank Krevens had been making faceted cone 10 porcelain work for many years, but after a recent move, he lost access to the high fire kiln. That, and a concern for the environmental impact he was having with the higher fired work, led him to try to develop his palette for low firing. His solution… Read More »
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Going With the Flow: Using Soft Clay and Darts to Preserve Fluidity in the Finished Form

Posted On August 24, 2015 4 Comments

In today’s post, Jane Sawyer explains how she throws with extra soft clay and cuts darts during the throwing process to create work that looks fluid even in the finished fired state. She also explains how she uses finger marks through slip to further enhance this effect.

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A Simple Tool to Keep Rims From Distorting When Pots are Bellied Out

Posted On August 19, 2015 5 Comments

As you are developing skills on the potters wheel, large bellied out forms with narrow rims can be pretty challenging. Once you have the height, it is hard to belly out the form without distorting or widening the rim too much. But this handy, cheap, and simple tool that Jim Wylder came up with can make it much easier. In today’s post, an excerpt from our new book Throwing Techniques, Jim explains how to use “The Rim Keeper.” –Jennifer Harnetty, editor

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How to Make a Lively Thrown and Altered Teapot on the Pottery Wheel

Posted On August 10, 2015 16 Comments

There are myriad ways to build non-round forms, but if you love
throwing, you’ll probably find that throwing and altering works best
for you. In today’s post, Cheri Glaser demonstrates a lively
squared-off teapot project. Not only does she cover throwing and
altering forms, but she also shares some other neat techniques, like
her thrown slab bottoms and pulled spouts.

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Two Techniques for Making Swirlware Pottery

Posted On July 17, 2015 2 Comments
Swirlware, a traditional form of pottery made in the Catawba Valley of North Carolina in the early 1900s, is made by combining contrasting clay bodies when throwing. Michael Kline makes swirlware and other historical North Carolina pottery forms, but puts his own contemporary touch on the work.   In today’s video, an excerpt from his… Read More »
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Three Tips for Throwing Smarter and Stronger

Posted On July 13, 2015 15 Comments

There have been many times in my wheel throwing career that I have thought, “I just can’t throw large pots. I am not strong enough.” But I have learned over the years that to throw big, you don’t need brawn. You need brains!! There are tons of smart ways to approach throwing large. In today’s post, an excerpt from the May/June 2013 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, I am sharing three great tips for throwing large from potter Claire O’Conner. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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How to Make a Square Baking Dish and Fill it with Rhubarb Crisp

Posted On June 15, 2015 6 Comments

In my neck of the woods, it’s the time of year when rhubarb starts peeking up through the cold ground. So when I saw Sumi von Dassow’s article on how to make a baker for rhubarb crisp going into the March/April 2013 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, I knew I had to share it. In this post, Sumi demonstrates how she makes her lovely square baking dishes (that are great for any type of baked dessert – not just rhubarb!). Plus she shares a recipe for rhubarb crisp from the lovely Sarah Jaeger! – Jennifer Harnetty editor.

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Bowl Making Turned Upside-Down

Posted On June 8, 2015 0 Comments

Throwing large bowls has been something that has dogged me for quite some time. There’s a certain size bowl that I just cannot seem to get past and while it’s ample, it is not necessarily what I would call large.

 

So I really like Martina Lantin’s bowl making process, which literally turns the typical bowl making technique on its head. In today’s post, Martina shares her upside-down bowl technique. Not only does this technique make larger bowls more achievable, but it opens the doors for adding gestural qualities as well. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

 

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How to Dress up a Wheel Thrown Bowl with Curves

Posted On May 29, 2015 5 Comments

The cereal bowl selection at my house consists mainly of all of my reject bowls from over the years. It’s a motley crew of old, wonky pieces that make me want to reach for the nearest sledgehammer every time I open the cupboard. So I am on a mission: to replace them with more recent work that is finally feeling a bit more resolved and successful. So since I am bowl obsessed, I thought I would share an inspirational bowl video. In this clip, an excerpt from her DVD Creating Curves with Clay (which is now available ad a digital download!), Martha Grover demonstrates how she dresses up a basic ice cream or cereal bowl with curves inspired by orchids and flowing dresses. Enjoy!