Perfecting Mugs and Bowls on the Wheel with Sam Scott

Mugs and bowls are a potter’s bread and butter and perfecting these forms and making them efficiently is essential. In this video, the first in a three-part series, Sam Scott shares tips and techniques he uses to streamline processes without sacrificing quality. From throwing off the hump, to trimming to perfection using chucks and chums, these techniques will help you increase your productivity and allow more time for creativity.

Stay tuned to Clayflicks for future videos in this series, in which Sam covers his signature bottle forms and decorating techniques!

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Throwing Mugs off the Hump
Throwing Wide Bowls
Tools for Trimming
Trimming Mugs
Trimming Wide Bowls
Making Handles

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Sam Scott

About the Artist

Sams Scott’s interest in ceramics began in high school with a pottery class in 1968. He graduated in 1975 with a BFA from the University of Washington. Scotts work has been featured in books and magazines as well as galleries, most notably at the Bellevue Art Museum and the Smithsonian Institution. To learn more about Sam Scott and see more images of his work, please visit


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