Why Trim? A Simple Way to Define a Foot Without Trimming

Trimming is one of my favorite parts of wheel throwing. But with my limited time in the studio, it is an extra step that I sometimes wouldn’t mind avoiding. But if you skip trimming, you have to make sure you do something to make your feet look finished. Otherwise, a lovely pot can look sloppy.

That’s why I love the technique demonstrated in today’s video clip. In this excerpt from his DVD Lively Forms and Expressive Surfaces, Mark Peters shares his no-trim foot technique. –Jennifer Poellot Harnetty, editor.

This clip was excerpted from Lively Forms and Expressive Surfaces, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Shop!

Think outside the circle (and save 50% on the DVD!)

Just because a wheel makes things round doesn't mean you have to end up with something round—that's just the starting point for Mark Peters. In his comprehensive video, Lively Forms and Expressive Surfaces, Mark Peters leads you step-by-step through his process making pots come to life. Round plates become oval, round jars become square, round bowls become faceted—there's nothing that comes off Mark's wheel that doesn't get a fresh treatment or a new twist. And now you can save 50% on the DVD while supplies last!

Watch a clip!

Finished pitcher with no-trim foot, by Mark Peters.

Finished pitcher with no-trim foot, by Mark Peters.

To learn more about Mark Peters or see more images of his work, please visit www.pinerootpottery.com.


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