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 THROWING-COILING-HANDBUILDING-HANDLE FORMING.

THROWING

CYLINDER CENTRING - 1kg clay in ball shape.
Place in centre of wheel, turn the wheel fast in an anti-clockwise direction
Right hand controls top.
Pressure from the left hand forces the clay into the right hand which squeezes it back down the centre.

 

Relax hands evenly before taking them off the clay. 
THUMB-IN - slow down the wheel slightly

Both arms braced on the tray, press the right thumb with the left fingers downwards into the centre.

 

OPEN OUT - FORM BASE - Slow down the wheel slightly. Open out base by hooking right thumb and pressing outwards. - Continue to brace the right thumb with the left hand. Smooth out base with downward pressure from thumb. Repeat the action three times. 

 

PINCH AND LIFT - Left fingers inside, thumb outside, pinch from the base lifting the clay upwards not outwards.

 

KNUCKLING-UP  Fingers of left hand inside, knuckle outside at base. Press in and lift clay from base of wall.  Repeat two or three times, keeping the clay in a cylindrical form.

 

FINISHING-TOP - Left thumb on inside and outside of pot rim, gentle pressure from index finger of right hand

levels top of rim.

 

BOWL-CENTRING - Centre as for cylinder then form door knob shape by under-cutting  with palm of left hand.

 

THUMB-IN in as for cylinder.

 

PINCH-UP-AND-OUT pinch up as for cylinder but allow the clay to move outwards into a bowl shape. 

 

FORMING-SHAPE As with knuckling up, lift clay into a bowl shape.

 

SHAPE-INSIDE Using a throwing rib or steel kidney  (check out kidneys & throwing ribs in tools) smooth and shape inside of bowl.

 

FINISHING-TOP Place first and second fingers of right hand over rim, allowing clay to run betweent hem. The skin between the finger shapes the edge of the rim.

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COILING

 Form coils by hand or extruder

 

Form base

 

 Shape pots by building up coils Moisten joints. DO NOT OVERWET

 

 Form to required shape  SMOOTH EDGES WITH METAL OR RUBBER KIDNEY  Allow to stiffen until leather hard. 

 

 Smooth surface again a final time. Leave to dry out completely.

 

Fire and decorate as required

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HAND-BUILDING

 

Roll ball of clay flat with rolling pins or slab-roller (check out slab roller page in menu)

 

Place paper pattern on clay and cut out shapes

 

Roughen edges where walls join and brush with slip

 

Fix walls to base

 

Smooth surface with metal or rubber kidney  Leave to dry out completely

 

      VOILA !!!

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HANDLE-FORMING

Stretch moistened lump of clay to appropriate length for the handle

 

Roughen surface on leatherhard pot where top of handle is to be joined
For best results work on a whirler and use wooden tools.

check out whirlers and wooden tools on our tools page.

 

Press top of handle to pot

 

Shape handle, moistening clay as necessary

 

Press bottom of handle to pot

 

Can you remember your first handle? How many attempts did you need?

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 WE HOPE THAT THESE HINTS ARE HELPFUL TO YOU..... BUT REMEMBER..... PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT.... GOOD LUCK.

 

 

 



 





 

 


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