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« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2005 03:02:51 PM »

I can throw, but I can't handbuild worth a damn. (The sad truth!)

Right now I don't have access to any studio, though. So I'm in ceramics withdrawal.  Angry

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« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2005 07:42:53 PM »

ahh, just threw for the first time in like 4 years yesterday
oh my, quite interesting results....
but i still love ceramics!!!
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« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2005 05:23:44 PM »

Okay, so I'm late into this.  I've been throwing/handbuilding (my personal favorite--I'm a coiler! especially porcelain--there's something tremendously cathartic about handbuilding.) for four years (never touched clay before college).  For all you frustrated, don't give up on trying to learn to center!  It takes some people a long, long time to learn, and then it will click.  I actually went through a couple professors before I got an amazing one who helped me solve my issues--mainly that I'm a speed demon.  I could throw mostly on center, not obviously lop-sided pots, but still a tad bit wobbly, which made certain forms hard to achieve.  He noticed that when I was sitting down to throw, I was cranking the wheel up to the highest speed possible, which really isn't necessary with smaller amounts of clay.  I was throwing 10lbs. not 100lbs.   Grin  Why no one else hadn't seen it, I don't know.     

I bought myself a Pacifica GT400 model which is much slower than the Brents we have in class, and it made a world of difference. 

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« Reply #13 on: September 28, 2005 10:50:08 PM »

i'm in a ceramics class and i tried throwing last week... so much fun, but so messy

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« Reply #14 on: September 29, 2005 06:02:43 PM »

nope, we have 2 kilns at school and we can use all the clay our little hearts desire
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« Reply #15 on: March 31, 2008 08:14:21 PM »

I recently finished a 9 week throwing course and I only really was able to centre and pull walls successfully at the very last class!!!

It *does* take time and I was very frustrated with it for the longest time. The disheartening thing for me was that I would spend so much time wedging a piece of clay....then I would sit down at the wheel and end up messing it up.

I did a small amount of handbuilding as well. I made a Clay Trinket Box and it's here:


But the course has been over for a few weeks and I'm going thru withdrawal!


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« Reply #16 on: March 31, 2008 11:04:35 PM »

I'm taking a ceramics class this semester and I absolutely love throwing, it's my favorite thing we've done!  The people in my class probably think I have no life because I've thrown so many little cup things already and we just recently started throwing...

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« Reply #17 on: April 01, 2008 09:32:35 AM »

i've been throwing for about 10 years.  i just moved to memphis, and don't have my studio set up yet.  Undecided it's ok though, i have been doing other crafty things.  (you can see em on my blog Wink )

i also have been teaching for about 8 years. 

if you are having trouble centering, which most people do, try anchoring your arms to your body, and don't ever let the clay move you.  Wink


also, take your foot off the pedal.
the wheel will stay in motion. 
this allows you to focus all of your attention on your hands and the clay and not have to worry about your wheel speed.  Grin

when you center: GO FAST!!!! as fast as the wheel will go. this lets the wheel do most of the work and you just have to stay anchored Wink
when you are pulling up: REMEMBER to slow down to about half speed.  Wink still stay anchored though.
i had students ask me if i said "anchor your arms" in my sleep  Cheesy
not yet, but i did have a dream last night about not being able to reach the paintbrushes for a class i was teaching  Shocked

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« Reply #18 on: April 01, 2008 11:46:15 PM »

I throw pottery, or I used to. I don't have access to a wheel anymore. I took a ceramics class at university (needed a credit that wasn't in my major, and I love crafting/art!). It was intensive, but so much fun. I only wish that I had made the most of it when I had the chance. We also did some slabwork and hand building too.

Here's a picture of some of the pottery I still have around (I gave out a bunch as gifts!).


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« Reply #19 on: June 13, 2008 08:00:03 AM »

I just had my 2nd wheel throwing class, and it's harder than I thought!  After reading this post, I feel a little better knowing not to expect perfection right away. Smiley 

Thanks Rakuette, I will definitely try your tips next week!
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