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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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 (www.objectiveclay.com). 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 www.jenniferallenceramics.com.