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Work Flow: Throwing and Trimming off the Hump with Simon Levin

Runtime: 2 hours, 35 minutes

In this video, you’ll get a glimpse into a day in the studio with Simon Levin as he shares his streamlined process of throwing and trimming pots primarily off the hump.

Chapter 1 – Tulip Bowl
Chapter 2 – Yunomi
Chapter 3 – Rice Bowl
Chapter 4 – Snack Plate
Chapter 5 – Pasta Bowls
Chapter 6 – Small Mugs
Chapter 7 – S Cracks
Bonus – Liberation
Bonus – Fun

Here’s a sampling of what you’ll learn:

  • Throw and trim pots off the hump, thus creating a streamlined flow throughout a day in the studio
  • Make faceted “tulip bowls,” textured yunomis, rice bowls, small plates, pasta bowls, and a mug!
  • Use a variety of paddles to alter the shape and add texture
  • The secret to preventing S-cracks!
  • and much much more!

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Simon Levin

About the Artist

Simon Levin has been working in clay since 1990, when an elective ceramics course in college changed the direction of his life, leading to an M.A. and an M.F.A from the University of Iowa. He is a full time studio potter working exclusively with wood firing. His award winning work is exhibited internationally, and appears in several contemporary ceramic books. Simon is a writer for many ceramic journals, and in 2013 he traveled to Taiwan as a Senior Fulbright scholar researching local materials. As a kiln builder Simon has built wood fired kilns for both US colleges and universities as well as schools in Taiwan and China. Between 2005 and 2018 his apprenticeship program started has trained and influenced 17 young potters. A resident of Wisconsin for 18 years, Simon has recently moved to Pawnee, Illinois, where he is currently re-establishing his pottery.

Comments
  • Nancy W.

    You are a romantic potter. Your language in describing your process is lofty. I agree with Dani above in comments, I was waiting for you to explain how you judge where the bottom of the pot is when throwing off the hump. That is important and difficult to learn.

  • Patty B.

    I love listening to you talk about your process and intentions. I agree. The wheel is a handy hand building tool. I hope I can attend a workshop some time.

  • Hi Simon,

    I love your pots, but I want to see how you make them on the wheel and……I love the music on the video. Who is this musician.

  • Carol B C.

    Very helpful. Would love a little more commentary on how a kick wheel experience is different from an electric wheel.

  • Dani M.

    I loved the stories and the forms but I was hoping for more information on how to judge distance between the bottom of the interior or the pot and the foot.

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