Pottery Wheel Demos

Watch me make some pots on the wheel with my students.

How to Use a Bat

What's a bat?  It's one of those weird pottery words that is only used in ceramics (like grog, sieve used as a verb, bisque, etc.).  A bat is a flat platform that locks onto the wheel head so you can throw large, low pieces without disturbing the shape when you remove it from the wheel.

Throwing a Large Bowl

Going through the motions...talking about letting go, not being too perfect...Meanwhile I shape this puppy over and over!

Centering a Large Ball of Clay

Centering is the most important part of using a pottery wheel.  Every potter does it differently, but uses the same principles.

Finishing Up

More talk as the bowl is slowly finished...