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Day 69: 100 Pots in 100 Days


Day 69: 100 Pots in 100 Days

Today I worked on height. I spoke to Dad about the Elton ware pot I tried to emulate yesterday (shown below). He said I had chosen one of the most difficult shapes especially with the white stoneware (which was also wet). I had a proud moment as he said it was very good. 

He said “don’t go too fast” so I said “how about I try going back to basics and improving on some of the early skills so I can work up to this design” and he said “good idea”. 

So height it is! (see attempts below – not brilliant but they are better formed than earlier tall bottles and that is with more plastic/ gel like clay.


The Stompies are performing at the Tower of Song in Birmingham. It will be throw, blog and then go!


Today was all about throwing taller. 

  • Centre well 
  • Not too much water. 
  • Pull from bottom

Dad said to get a pot like the Elton Ware one I might have to throw a collar and pull up from a semi hard base as the shape I am trying to get is particularly hard. That is why, to get as far as I did, was really good. 

  • He said using dryer, firmer clay would help.
  • Also using a pen or a dowel to keep the hole in the stem. 
  • Finally, if a pen, blowing into the bottle to keep the shape in the base.

Dad also talked about his design ideas and his use of drawing to help him think about form. To plan in his head gave him a framework on which to throw. I have started collecting shape ideas but have not done much of my own designing of shape and form. I think this is for the future. 

Found these useful sites

Expert Clay – he says

Use More Clay.

  • Try A Different Clay. … 
  • Use Less Water. … 
  • Leave Less Clay at the Bottom. 
  • Steady, Consistent Pulls. … 
  • Cylinder First. …

Four Helpful Tips for Throwing Large Pots on the Wheel

  • Prepare clay for the wheel – think about how you knead the clay and the shape of the clay 
  • Not too much water – if needed use a slip lubricant
  • Don’t use finger tips
  • removable bat

Pot of the Day Process Gallery


Clay type: White Stoneware

Turned and decorated

Decoration: No decoration just turned

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Pot fail of the day - oops!

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