Clay: Intro To Throwing On The Wheel.
Bucket Of Water
Pat clay into a ball
Roll bottom and drop into center of wheel.
Slowly rotate wheel and pat into as even a shape as possible.
Increase speed and add water to clay.
Begin to add pressure with the goal of “centering” the clay. Lean into clay using core strength.
Clay should always be wet enough that it glides smoothly in your hands. Remember to use your core!
Begin to raise hands while continuing to add pressure. Start from the bottom and raise up.
This is called “coning the clay”. Lift up and press down. Continue to add water as needed.
This will help you center the clay. Do 3-4 times. Use strongest part of hands to pressure the clay.
Keep hands on top and side of clay to control. Speed should be fast, but where you are comfortable.
Using your fingertips to make sure clay is centered. This takes a lot of strength and time.
Try to get clay as centered as possible, this sets you up for success!
Centering is fastest speed, you can slow down now. Your hands can move slow, the wheel moved for you
Find the center of the clay and gently being to press in with finger tip.
Continue to press in deeper, push straight down but don’t go all the way to the wheel.
Add more fingers to open, and carefully pull towards your body to widen hole.
Flatten the bottom and gently press sides.
Adding pressure from outside and using inside hand to steady, pull up.
You can use a Spong for added support as you pull and shape.
Begin at bottom and pull all the way up. The bottom will always be thicker to support the rest.
Try to keep the clay as even as possible. Be gentle when you add or remove hands from piece.
The clay will respond easily to your touch. Adding pressure will change shape quickly so move slow.
Once it’s tall and even, use pressure from the inside to widen to a bowl shape.
Simply imagine the shape you want and trace it into the clay.
The bottom should have about an inch of extra space, you can remove some clay with your fingers.
Put a little pressure on the top as you go, this helps keep things even and compressed.
Compress the inside with a sponge so the clay doesn’t crack later.
Once you find a shape you are happy with, make sure walls are even.
Clean up and compress clay again. And you are all ready to cut it off and let dry!
With a wire tool, press wire to the wheel, pull towards you slowly and spin the wheel to cut off.
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