Personally I have these steps really useful so far:
- Not to throw using too much water
- Wedge until the clay is a little stiffer if too wet
- Throw with enough clay
- Try pulling up with fewer pulls
So today my focus was on throwing a taller cylinder. I only had the morning and I threw two. The first ending in collapse. I tried using my palm rather than my knuckle and fingers. Crash and burn is all I have to say. It was a brilliant pot too. The little one left is quite cute but it would have been at least 6foot – honest. You will have to wait until Day 88 to see that amazing video. The 2nd was better and I reached the giddy heights of 13cm. It was 15 cm before I pulled it into a vase.
I also turned the pots created two days ago. I thought I would show you them here as I think they are rather lovely.
Throwing a tall cylinder: Slow down your wheel on your later pulls. Dry your clay out as stiff as you can stand to throw. Wedge your clay completely, and then a bit more. Three or four pulls is usually the maximum, any more and you are just working water in to the clay and your cylinder will be shorter, not taller. Pay close attention to the second and third pull, and don’t hesitate to do a “half pull” that starts half way up the cylinder and moves up. Keep your fingers at 3:00 on the cylinder, if one slides away from the other you won’t compress and get a clean pull.
Pot of the Day Process Gallery
Clay type: White stoneware Earthstone Origional
Turned and decorated
Decoration: Turned and use of turning tool to decorate whilst wheel
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