Throwing is a wonderful process, you’re able to harness centrifugal force to create a seemingly endless amount of forms by use of your hands, water and of course clay. Every potter who throws follows a similar set of rules as they throw, yet hand positions, tools and techniques are different from potter to potter and from country to continent. This video demonstrates the positions and ways I use my hands when throwing a simple medium bowl on the potter’s wheel. I don’t throw all bowls the same but for this shape I have a pretty thorough routine nailed down. I begin by throwing a thick cylinder from a pounds worth of clay, (453 grams), once the walls reach higher than the height of my throwing gauge, which you can just about see on the left poking in from off-screen, I’ll start stretching the clay out to meet the point. The stretching out itself is rather dramatic and certainly work with all shapes. You must have walls and rim that are thick enough for it to work, properly wedged and coned clay too, otherwise the rim can split as its pulled outward. Once the outer shape is thrown I’ll clean up the inside with a sharp metal kidney. If anything the interior form is far more important than the outside, as the outer shape will be trimmed a lot once leather hard, when the foot-ring is formed. Turning the inside isn’t something I do much of unless for whatever reason it calls for it, ideally it should be perfect once thrown as turning the interior form, with all the trimmings falling back onto your tool as you work, is rather annoying. The outside walls are then given a slight skim and the base has some excess clay gouged away. The rim is smoothed over with a chamois leather and I also wipe down the wooden batt, to remove most of the slip, as this creates mess further down the line. These are made on a wooden batt, as lifting the thinly thrown form off with just my hands is difficult and it would most likely just deform. At the end of the video you can see how the wooden batt is attached to the wheel via a thin batt of leather hard clay. I simply wet the underside of the MDF batt and rub it into place, the friction from this is enough to hold it in place.