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The basics of throwing on a Pottery Wheel
Throwing on a wheel is not as hard as you might think.
Clay has to be wedged or kneaded to get the air pockets out of it.
Most of the clay you buy today has been run through a pug mill which takes the air out of it, but if you recycle clay or dig your own you will have to wedge it.
Centering the clay is one of the most important steps in throwing pottery.
When opening up the piece, slow the wheel down.
Useing both hands to widen the opening. Place one hand on the bottom inside of the piece.
Placing pressure only on the bottom slowly pull the piece toward your belly button.
When you have reached desired width ease off the piece slowly.
If water pools on the inside use a sponge to remove the water.
Pull the walls up by placing a hand on the inside and one on the outside even with each other.
Starting at the bottom, start by squeezing the clay and working it upwards at the same time.
The speed at which you pull up will be affected by the speed of your wheel.
The faster the wheel is spinning the faster you can pull up.
In the beginning it is better to start slowly then when you feel more comfortable move onto a faster speed.
Repeat the pulling until you get the walls to the desired thickness.
Usually about 1/4 inch thick.
Trim the base of the piece with a wood tool that has been cut on a diagonal.
Shaping the piece, narrowing.
By applying pressure to the outside you can narrow the opening of the piece.
Placing your fingers on the inside and gently pressing out will widen your piece.
Remember your piece is spinning and if you pull too far it may fall.
Under glaze and or glaze.Fire to the glaze or clay mature temperature.
Now, how does it feel, you have just made a piece of thrown pottery all by your self. The more you practice the braver you will get and the braver you get the more of a chance you have of the clay showing you who is boss!!!
Just like riding a motorcycle, get too brave and it will dump you just so you don't forget who is the boss.
Don't give up, mistakes are just lessons!
Good Luck & Have Fun!!!
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Handmade pottery can be a very gratifying hobby that produces fun and satisfying results. For many people it's an enjoyable release that is created by working an inanimate mound of clay into a beautiful work of art that you made through your artistic abilities.
The best way of starting out is to take a few lessons. You will probably waste quite a bit in materials when you first get started. Figuring out how to truly make handmade pottery correctly and shape into what you want it to be can be quite an ordeal. The different tools that a normal shop will have can be fun to try. You will soon see which ones you like to use the most and then when you are ready you will know which ones to buy.
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