Pottery Camp Day 1: Creating Cups

Pottery Camp: Throwing on the Pottery Wheel

What a great week last week. I had two amazing students come in for two hours wednesday through saturday improving on their pottery skills at Pottery Camp.  Both students have previously worked in clay but wanted to focus more on the pottery wheel.  The first day we focused on centering and coning the clay.  This is an essential part of throwing on the pottery wheel.  After a few warm ups, the girls began opening up the ball of clay to create cup forms.  After opening up the clay, they made sure to compress the base to prevent s-cracks!

The girls did an excellent job at throwing on the pottery wheel.  They quickly controlled the clay from opening up too wide and created a pair of very nice cups!  While the cups were drying, we practiced pulling handles and created few with and without textures.  Once the cups dried to leather hard stage, we attached handles by scoring and adding slip to the joints.  We took twisted fishing line to add unique texture to the cups base. What a way to finish off their pots.  Awesome day 1 to Pottery Camp!

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