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 that darn 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.
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.
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.
I’m Lesley Milne, the creator of The Pottery Wheel. Like many people, I used the potter’s wheel at school. But then I began to focus on clay sculpture and I left the wheel behind. However, more recently, I found myself being drawn back to pottery and the potters wheel. And so, I have tried to pick up where I left off all those years ago at school. This blog is a chronicle of what I have learned as I got back into the potters saddle!
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