The Basics of Throwing

  1. Preparing your clay
  2. Centering clay on the wheel
  3. Opening your clay
  4. Pulling the clay
  5. Removing your clay object from the wheel

Preparing the clay

First, you need to wedge your clay. This is to make sure there are no air bubbles trapped in it, which would cause your object to crack once it’s getting fired in the kiln. Wedging clay is a bit like kneading dough when making bread.

Centering clay on the wheel 

Now it’s time to sit down at the wheel. Slam your ball of clay into the middle of the wheel – the closer to the center you get it, the easier it will be to then center the clay. Now wet the clay (you can dip a sponge in water and then lightly squeeze it over your ball of clay to lubricate) and then put your hands on either side of the clay, with your hands touching the wheel and your elbows firmly resting on your knees. 

Squeeze the clay inwards, which will make it go up. Make sure to keep your hands steady so that the clay has nowhere to go but up and doesn’t wobble. Now keep your right hand where it is and move the left hand over the clay, and press down. 

Opening the clay 

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Pulling the clay 

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Removing your clay from the wheel 

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