Wheel Throwing Demo 1 - Greg - Get Quicktime

Video Clip 1 - Wedging the Clay
Greg begins by making sure there are no air bubbles in the clay by wedging it in a spiral motion on the table. The rhythm also prepares him for working on the wheel.

3.1 megs

Video Clip 2 - Centering the Clay
After wedging the clay, Greg forms it into a ball and slaps it on the wheel to prepare to center it.

3.0 megs

Video Clip 3 - Opening the Clay
Greg "collars" the clay, wrapping his hands around the clay and forcing it upward. He centers the ball into a cone shape and smoothes off the top to prepare to open the clay up.

2.4 megs

Video Clip 4 - Pulling the Clay Up
Compressing the bottom and the rim, Greg ensures that the clay is compact, which not only help the clay keep its shape, but also from cracking. He uses his hands to determine the thickness and uniformity of the wall before he begins to pull it up.

2.4 megs

Video Clip 5 - Shaping the Form
Greg states that three pulls are usually the stretching threshold for the object. Limiting the number of pulls, and pulling patiently ensures a more stable pot in the end. Using a plastic rib, Greg compresses the walls of the vessel one more time. Greg decides to transform the basic cylinder shape into a vase.

2.4 megs

Video Clip 6 - Removing the Vessel from the Wheel
Greg uses the wood tool and his hands to tease out the vase shape. The ultimate goal is to make the pot on the inside reflect the shape of the pot on the outside, so Greg continues to cut away excess clay. Using a rib tool, he creates an undulating texture across the surface by dragging the tool against the vessel while the wheel turns slowly. Pinching small handles on the exterior keeps him from having to add to the clay later. Greg cuts a small groove around the base of the vessel to give the wire tool a guided pathway. He firmly hold the wire tool against the wheel and drags it carefully under the vessel to separate it.

2.5 megs

Wheel Throwing Demo 2 - Adrienne

Video Clip 1 - Centering the Clay
Adrienne prepares her clay for the wheel by wedging it in a spiral motion. She puts the clay on the wheel and prepares to center it.

1.7 megs

Video Clip 2 - Pulling Up the Sides
After centering the clay, Adrienne opens the form and compresses the bottom to keep cracks from forming during the bisque firing process.

3.2 megs

Video Clip 3 - Throwing the Lid
Touching only the inside, Adrienne shapes the casserole without affecting the surface decoration. (wheela05.jpg) She shapes the flange of the casserole lip to hold a lid, and then uses her wire tool to loosen the casserole off the wheel bat so she can remove it easily once it has dried.

3.2 megs

Video Clip 4 - Trimming the Dried Lid
Once the lid has dried to a leather hard state, Adrienne puts it back on the wheel to trim away excess clay.

2.9 megs

Video Clip 5 - Adding Handles
Using her rib tool, Adrienne adds texture to the lid as it slowly spins on the wheel. She replaces the lid on the wheel with the casserole. She centers it and uses lumps of clay to hold it on the wheel while she trims excess clay from its base.

1.9 megs

Video Clip 6 - Drying and Firing
After the clay has dried completely, it is loaded into the kiln for a bisque firing. Before glazing the pieces, she waxes the bottom to keep the glaze from dripping onto the kiln shelf. The glazed pieces are then fired at Cone 6 in an oxidation firing.

3.9 megs

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