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     This challenge was to throw several CUPS and then attach HANDLES to them.  An average size cup takes from 1lb to 1 1/2lbs of clay.  I prepared to throw 4 cups, a nice set I thought. However, the clay had thoughts of its own, and only 2 survived the process. There are generally […]

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  As with any job or recreational activity, you must have the right tools, and you and those tools must be properly prepared. The same holds true when working with clay. Whether handbuilding or throwing on the wheel, the clay must first be prepared. This preparation is called “wedging”.   Wedging has many benefits for […]

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Today’s objective was to throw several vessels that were the same shape and size.  Any “potter” who produces for commerial sale needs to be able to do this. I’ve gotten pretty good at throwing successfully every try, however the pots and bowls took  shapes on their own. I had little control of the outcome. Today […]

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Opps !! Seems when you start to throw larger chunks of clay ( up from 1lb. to 2 1/2lbs.), you apparently have to learn to “center” and “pull” the clay all over again.  As flexible as clay is… it’s not very forgiving if you mess up the basics.  But all is not lost.  This wonky […]

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In the case of this ceramic bowl, glaze and a wax resist technique took a BLOOPER to something of INTEREST.  The Chinese character translates to “Skye”, a most beloved fur baby of many years ago.

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 Take the ORDINARY to EXTRAORDINARY !!  Just picked up the rest of my finished ceramic pieces from my summer class.  I’m telling you, just like I did with the kids and their clay pieces, surface decoration and glaze can make all the difference. On this bowl I used colored slips and a scraffito technique. With […]

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I have discovered a great need , and I will be writing the manual soon, as a public service…                                            “How to Throw Clay When You Have Acrylic Nails”. We will be covering hot topics […]

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I am LOVING my pottery throwing class at Mesa Center for the Arts. My goal is to become more consistent in my throwing and centering skills. Only 3 more classes left in this session and I can say with confidence that I’ve most definitely improved. I can successfully throw a pot every time. They don’t […]

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