Ceramics on a Potter's Wheel

Some artist choose to use a potter's wheel and there is nothing wrong with that. In fact that is a fantastic way to create pottery and ceramic mugs and other works of art. I consider myself somewhat of a non traditionalist because I do not use a potters wheel to create my art. Instead I choose to form all my clay by hand. I feel using this method things don't always turn out perfectly therefore has its own unique personality and characteristics.

Clay formed by hand not on a potter's wheel
I choose not to use a potters wheel but to form my clay by hand

Making a Ceramic Clay Apple

Throwing an Pottery Apple on the wheel. How I tried to make a pottery Apple shaped pot. Possibly you could put a slot in the side and make it into a money box. Just another enclosed pot with a stalk on the top really, no special techniques. I know it's not exact but it gives the impression of an Apple.

Creating a Ceramic Apple on a Pottery Wheel

How to Make Pottery Ceramic Bowls

Throwing a Vase

Demonstrating how I throw a round bellied bottle / vase with a flared top on the potter's wheel.

Throwing a Round Bellied Vase with Flared Top

How to Make a Pottery Casserole on a Potter' Wheel

Throwing a quite simple shallow lidded Casserole dish on the wheel. This one is a simple shallow pot with straight sides and a gallery added on the rim to take the lid, no really difficult techniques involved but the end result is quite nice. The lid is made by throwing a shallow plate and then trimming it upside down to get the profile. Add a knob to the lid by throwing another small piece of clay to the top. Two small handles added to the side. Simple Cobalt Slip decoration is added in small bands to the pot.

How to throw / make a Pottery Casserole & lid on the wheel

Making a Stoneware Teapot How teapots are made on a throwing wheel. Pottery made from Stoneware clay. Ronald Pothier is a potter from Quebec. Watch as he transforms a hunk of clay into a finished teapot. Ronald Pothier is a potter having started all the way back in 1973 at only the age 13! Today, he works out of his studio in Hemmingford, Quebec where he produces beautiful ceramic pieces of art. Bowls, plates, cups, vases, teapots and more, they are strong and practical for everyday use in your kitchen. Watch as Ronald throws two different teapot designs with such confidence and ease. He makes it look easy but throwing clay on a wheel is quite the workout while also requiring a fine level of finesse. Later on, Ronald explains how he fires, decorates and glazes his pottery and then we see the final result of all the hard work. It's a multistage process that takes several weeks to complete and decades of experience to perfect. Ronald is a fantastic teacher and holds classes on Saturdays. Whether you're a beginner or experienced in throwing, you are welcome to sign up. Visit Ronald's website for more information. If you're ever passing through Hemmingford and want to stop by.

Making a Stoneware Teapot | Throwing, Glazing & Firing

Ceramics for Beginners - Wheel Throwing

Emily Reason, author of Ceramics for Beginners: Wheel Throwing, shows you how to throw a bowl on the wheel.

If anybody is just watching this now. Yes it looks easy, that's because this person has been throwing for a long time. It takes a lot of practice and discipline to make a piece that is clean, with even walls. Throwing can be one of the most challenging arts. You have to train your hands to not hesitate and not come up too fast, you must be steady and calm. That's one thing you notice with ceramic artists, they are very calm and collective, because it's a process that takes time and patience. Everything in ceramics takes a lot of patience. This stuff inspires me whenever I see good artists throw pieces, and makes me continue to want to get better at this art. I encourage everyone to stick with it but then again it's not for everyone.

Wow...I came across this video accidentally. I was a production and studio potter for 35 years. I have taught privately and at universities. Conservatively I have thrown several hundreds of thousands of pieces.

I must admit I kept watching waiting to find an amateur technique being taught here...never did I see one. You must have learned from a master potter and you are very talented. It is great to see an excellent instructional video.

Throwing a Bowl with Emily Reason