On-Wheel Altering & Faceting with Dick Lehman

In this video Dick Lehman covers various ways to take advantage of the malleable nature of freshly thrown clay to create ... (Scroll down for more!)


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… eye-catching, one-of-a-kind pots. Using a just few simple tools and his hands, Dick demonstrates the variety and beauty that can be achieved with on-wheel alterations.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Facet freshly thrown cylinders, then shape the cylinder from the inside
  • Use wooden ribs to create inward facets or indentations
  • Make modifications to common tools to create unique marks
  • “Throw” a square casserole dish
  • Make animated vessels that are like functional sculptures
  • And much more!

Endless Possibilities

Dick begins with a series of exercises designed to show you how simple changes and tweaks can result in seemingly endless variety in the form and surface of the basic tea bowl form. As Dick progresses through the exercise, you’ll find yourself thinking of additional tools and marks to try.

Throwing a Square Form

There are many ways to create squared-off baking dishes on the potters wheel, but I haven’t seen one that quite captures the gesture and fluidity of throwing like Dick’s method. By doing this alteration while the wheel is actually spinning, Dick creates a square dish that is unmistakably wheel thrown.

Dancing Bottles

The bottle form is a natural for evoking the human form. Dick shows you how you can breathe life into a thrown bottle with simple alterations. His dancing bottles started with a challenge to himself to see how much movement he could create in a static piece. The end result: forms that look like a dancer in motion. After watching this demonstration, you will be itching to get to the wheel to try it yourself! If you love to exploit clay’s malleable nature in your work, this is one video you won’t want to miss!

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