Forming Techniques

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    Making Altered Pots & Lids

    - by Bill Van Gilder

    Necessary Supplies one 2-lb.-8-oz. weight of clay (for the pot) one 1-lb. weight of clay (for lid) one 8-oz. weight of clay (for handles) one 8″ or 10″ bat a stiff rib tool an undercut tool a small sponge and water a cut-off wire a fettling knife a rolling pin two 1/4″ thick wooden sticks a rasp or edge-rounding tool

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    MAKING TERRIFIC TEAPOTS

    - by Polly Beach

    A fairly advanced form when compared with most pottery projects, the teapot poses a variety of challenges that can be successfully achieved by careful thought and planning during the design stage. Making teapots one must first decide what sort of teapot to make. This will depend mostly on personal preference and intended use. It’s important to note that regardless of

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    MAKING YOUR OWN PRESS MOLDS

    MAKING YOUR OWN PRESS MOLDS

    - by Polly Beach

    Hand building of similar items is easily accomplished with the use of press molds of various shapes and sizes. But you needn’t purchase them ­ it’s relatively easy and much more affordable to learn a few simple steps toward MAKING YOUR OWN PRESS MOLDS! By far the easiest method is to make your large, rounded molds by throwing them on

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    HOW TO MAKE DIFFERENT TYPES OF LIDS

    - by Polly Beach

    The making of lids for different types of pots is not as difficult as one might expect. With a little bit of practice and a good set of calipers, this skill is relatively simple to master. A domed lid thrown upside down is designed to rest on an indentation, or gallery, carved into the rim of the lid’s partner pot

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    BASIC WHEEL-THROWING STEPS

    BASIC WHEEL-THROWING STEPS

    - by Polly Beach

    BASIC WHEEL-THROWING STEPS 1. Start off with clay of the proper consistency: soft enough to throw easily, yet not so soft that it will quickly collapse. Clay that’s too hard or dry is very difficult to throw. Be sure to wedge the clay carefully up to 100 times, taking care not to fold it in a way that might trap

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    How to Pull Great Handles

    - by Polly Beach

    By Cindy Strnad From the May/June 1998 issue of Clay Times Have you noticed how some handles look like they grew out of the pot, and some handles look like the potter stuck them on as an afterthought? We all know potters who feel coffee cups and beer steins are better off without handles. Be that as it may, no

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    How to Make Drip-free Spouts

    - by Polly Beach

    By John Hesselberth From the January/February 1997 issue of Clay Times Spouts that drip or don’t drip have long been something of a mystery to many potters. The problem is sometimes minor when a spout has one or two drops dribble down the outside of the pot when pouring is stopped. But occasionally some of us will make a pot

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