Fundamentals of Wheel Throwing with Jennifer Allen

In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video series, Jennifer Allen draws on her years of teaching ceramics at the college level to present a thorough introduction to throwing on the potter’s wheel. Jennifer starts off with an introduction to the essential tools and an excellent wedging demonstration. Once at the wheel, she begins with basic cylinders, providing an in-depth demonstration of the centering process and throwing the walls, complete with cross sections of the pots at every step along the way. From cylinders, it’s on to mugs, bowls, and bottles, and she explains the considerations for each from centering through trimming and adding handles. For every form covered, Jennifer demonstrates a variety of options for shaping, which will help spark your creativity. If you have been struggling to conquer the wheel, or if you are just starting out, Jennifer Allen’s instruction in this video is exactly what you need.

Runtime: 2 hours 45 minutes

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Chapter 1 – Getting Started
Chapter 2 – Cylinders
Chapter 3 – Cup Forms
Chapter 4 – Teabowls
Chapter 5 – Bottles
Chapter 6 – Bowls
Chapter 7 – Finishing without Trimming
Chapter 8 – Trimming Cups
Chapter 9 – Trimming Bottles
Bonus – Trimming Fluted Bowl

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Jennifer Allen

About the Artist

Jennifer Allen earned her BFA (2002) from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and her MFA (2006) from Indiana University, Bloomington. In March 2008, the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) named her a National Emerging Artist. Jennifer was the recipient of the 2006–2007 Taunt Fellowship at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. She is currently a member of an online collective of ceramic artists called Objective Clay ( In addition to keeping a home studio, she currently teaches ceramics at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. To learn more about Jennifer Allen, please visit

  • Karen F.

    This video is so helpful even after years of throwing. I will be teaching young children and I will be a much improved teacher. Thank you so much.

  • Eli C.

    I made a comment about the section on trimming bottle (Chapter 9) being incomplete a couple of weeks ago. Just two minutes in she explains that she is going to center the bottle and chuck, then the video suddenly ends. I see today that my comment has been removed, but the video has not been fixed.

    • Ash N.

      Hi Eli, the video has been fixed and you can now view the full trimming bottles chapter. -CAN Staff

  • Ash N.

    Hi Lisa, yesterday the video streaming host we use to house all our CLAYflicks videos was experiencing technical difficulties, which resulted in several CLAYflicks videos being unavailable. We’ve been told the issue has been resolved so you should be able to view all chapters of Jen Allen’s video. Thank you for the support. -CAN Staff

  • I have just started to learn throwing at a pottery class.This is by far the better explanation of throwing that I have received since starting to learn.Thank you so much.

  • I’ve been throwing for almost 10 years and these videos have opened a new world which will make production so much easier!

  • Teresa G.

    Just started to learn how to throw on the wheel and this is the best video I have seen – I have learnt so much – Many thanks Teresa

  • Hi Janet! Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We’ve fixed the video and the missing part of the sentence was “and that’s just no fun!”

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