How to Throw a Large Porcelain Bowl Without Collapsing it

No matter what Lorna Meaden says, I’d call the bowl she is throwing in this clip a large bowl, rather than a medium sized bowl – especially since it is porcelain. But as she points out, it took 25 years to be able to call this bowl medium sized. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.



This clip was excerpted from Integrating Form and Surface with Porcelain!

Finished bowls. Click to enlarge!

To learn more about Lorna Meaden or to see more images of her work, please visit


  • Sharron W.

    I have never tried throwing with porcelain, this gives me hope to try. She uses quite a bit of water (more than I thought). Her techniques are all very trustworthy in throwing, compression; support; shape; trimming. Wonderful. I am going to bookmark the book on my ‘wishlist’

  • Ralph R.

    All your comments from centering to trimming were very helpful. You are great at teaching as well as throwing. THANKS

  • Alexis J.

    one of your best instructional pieces. Excellent video work and editing. And thanks for showing the finished bowl.

  • beverly g.

    Watching her demo video was so very helpful. I was actually pretending so that I could get a sense/feel of where my hands should be. Will definitely purchase this.

  • Elaine B.

    That was a great clip from the DVD, just the right amount of explanation of what she was doing and why. Based on this hint of how the info is delivered, I believe I will buy the DVD.

  • Nikki T.

    nice demo. thanks. (I may have missed) but did she say how much clay she uses? ALSO, can someone tell whose work is on the wall behind Lorna in the video?

  • Elsie S.

    What beautiful work! Thank you Lorna for your video demonstration. I have worked with porcelain but haven’t tried the size you made – will maybe try now, although I know you have been doing it for 25 years, and I also know you make it look much easier than it actually is. Still it would be good to try!

  • Reader L.

    Thanks, practical and informative. What type of porcelain is that, cone 6 or 10, and do you mix it yourself or buy a ready made from a supplier?

  • HI thank you so much for sending the demo video it was real helpful to me as i am a student studying in fine arts at diploma level going onto advanced level next year and have found you program to be very very helpful as part of my course in ceramic in Australia.

    Thank you again devoted student to your truly
    Yvette Robinson-Sarasola

  • James V.

    I like the bowl. I would be to worried about the thing collapsing while trimming the outside. Maybe in a few years. Beautiful.

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