Bonus Pottery Video: Tips for Throwing Strong and Sound Bowls on the Pottery Wheel

 

It's a gray, rainy Monday where I am, so I thought it would be a good day for a bonus video. This video was submitted by CAD subscriber Pamela Theis. Pamela did a series of videos for her students at Florida State University so that they would be able to revisit her demos outside of class if they needed to. In this one, she shares some good advice on how to make sturdy, strong bowls.

 

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  • I love it! But I am prejudiced as my Constructive Design (pottery) degree is from FSU! (1977)

  • Thanks Pamels,
    A client asked me to throw her a set of nesting bowls so this video was very timely. Two questions. First, you mentioned not to pull beyond your base for fear of slumping. Explain. Also, is there a scale of weight versus small, medium, large bowls. I know there are a ton of factors but if, say a 3# ball in a medium ball , what would be needed for a large and small to nest together.
    Thanks for your help.
    Larry

  • Great video, I love making bowls! Do you have a video for trimming the foot?
    Thanks so much!
    Kathleen

  • Hi, I am not able to view this video. Pls help!
    Thanks

  • Did anyone else have trouble with the audio on this? No soundtrack!

  • can’t get it to load no matter what i do , intalled flash m, reboot nothing helps. very disappointed

  • My system is up to date but I’m unable to even view the link to the video on your first pages. I was only able to view the centering video by going to the page where you buy the dvd and then clicking on the video there. I’ve done everything I’m supposed to according to your FAQ. This has been an issue for me for quite some time and I’ve almost abandoned your site because of it. I love your info and your store but the lack of being able to access the daily videos is a problem for me.

  • C, did you try hitting the “compatibility view?” It’s on the right side of your address bar (top of page) next to your refresh icon. It is a rectangle with a zagged line through it. Good luck!

  • This was a good video. I went to the link with several more videos. I think it’s great that her student collaborated with her in the making of these videos. Thanks, Donny, for sharing the link!

  • I too cannot view this video and others though in the near past I had no problems. THe video trectangle becomes a blank black rectangle. Have tried everything I know. Also having same problem with more recent ones. Have updated Flash player, hit hte compatibility icon etc etc. Help!
    Barbara

  • At 2:08 she says the single most ridiculous thing that I have heard other potters say: “we compress to align the clay particles.” There is ZERO scientific proof that we can in any way align clay “particles”. Any clay we use is composed of a variety of different clays and each individual clay has a very wide variety of clay molecular shapes. Some are flat, some like discs, some like spikes, some round, etc. Additionally, there are quadrillions of molecules of clay in just an ounce of clay. To think that any potter can compress or cone up or in any way do ANYTHING to clay to align dozens of different shaped molecules of dozens of different types of clay molecules among the nearly uncountable number of molecules in the clay on the wheel is ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS! Scientific research has, in fact, shown that no manipulation of any type makes any difference at all in terms of “clay particle alignment”. We can’t align them by doing anything!

    We CAN compress the clay even though there is no effect on the alignment of individual clay molecules or “particles” and compression IS very, very important to avoid S cracks. But, please, please, let’s stop passing on this ridiculous idea that we can align any “particles” of clay. Ask anyone who says that to show you the scientific research that supports that claim. They will often say “well, I don’t have any research I can show you…I can just “feel” the alignment!” If they give you that line, ask them then how long they have been smoking that interesting tobacco they seem to have been smoking. Potters: let’s get real and stop telling beginners and others these silly and incorrect things. Just say “compression is important and here is why…” Leave out the stupid “particle alignment” fiction.

  • At 2:08 she says the single most ridiculous thing that I have heard other potters say: “we compress to align the clay particles.” There is ZERO scientific proof that we can in any way align clay “particles”. Any clay we use is composed of a variety of different clays and each individual clay has a very wide variety of clay molecular shapes. Some are flat, some like discs, some like spikes, some round, etc. Additionally, there are quadrillions of molecules of clay in just an ounce of clay. To think that any potter can compress or cone up or in any way do ANYTHING to clay to align dozens of different shaped molecules of dozens of different types of clay molecules among the nearly uncountable number of molecules in the clay on the wheel is ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS! Scientific research has, in fact, shown that no manipulation of any type makes any difference at all in terms of “clay particle alignment”. We can’t align them by doing anything! For someone at a university teaching students this nonsense is really sort of frightening. What other fantasies are taught in the FSU ceramics department?

    We CAN compress the clay even though there is no effect on the alignment of individual clay molecules or “particles” and compression IS very, very important to avoid S cracks. But, please, please, let’s stop passing on this ridiculous idea that we can align any “particles” of clay. Ask anyone who says that to show you the scientific research that supports that claim. They will often say “well, I don’t have any research I can show you…I can just “feel” the alignment!” If they give you that line, ask them then how long they have been smoking that interesting tobacco they seem to have been smoking. Potters: let’s get real and stop telling beginners and others these silly and incorrect things. Just say “compression is important and here is why…” Leave out the stupid “particle alignment” fiction.

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