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Pottery Tips by the Pottery Wheel

I have always loved clay.  As a child, I would make things out of air-drying clay.  I can still remember the smell of it and the clammy cold feel.  It was funny stuff, it felt a bit like a mixture of plastic and clay, which come to think of it, it probably was.

Then as a teenager, I discovered the potter’s wheel at school. I spent hours in the art room (when I should probably have been having other lessons) trying to center clay. 

I got relatively good at throwing pots at a young age, but when I was 16 I discovered portrait sculpture and my days on the potter’s wheel were high jacked. 

I stuck with portrait sculpture for many years, and I do still love it.  There is something very intimate about sculpting another person’s face. I like the unusual details in other people’s faces, like a line around the mouth or a hollow in the cheek. 

However, some time ago a friend of mine said that she had gone on away on a pottery week and had loved spending time on the potter’s wheel.  She talked about quitting her job and setting herself up in her spare room as a potter. 

Centering clay by the Pottery Wheel

In reality, she didn’t do that, she carried on in her 9-5.  However, her passion for pottery rekindled my curiosity about it and I began to look into getting a potters wheel of my own.  I wanted to tackle that pesky issue of centering that clay on the wheel again. 

This blog is the upshot of my journey back into the world of the pottery wheel.  I have started to learn so much, and I wanted to share what I have learned so far.  It’s a continual learning process for me, so as I gather information and techniques I will share them with you as I go along.

Pottery Tips by the Pottery Wheel

I will cover:

  • Information about processes and materials in pottery.
  • New techniques that I’m learning as I go along.
  • Reviews of pottery equipment that I would recommend.  
  • How-to guides.
  • Product comparisons
  • and more…

I hope you enjoy what I share, and that you find the information I have collected useful.  Good luck in your pottery and do drop me a line if you would like to get in touch. Or if you have any questions or comments, you can contact me here

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