PREPARE THE CLAY
Wedge or kneed clay
on plaster to remove air
bubbles & distribute water
&  clay molecules.
PUSHING CONE TO CENTER
Repeat pushing up &
"mushrooming" down until
the clay is centered, turning
wheel at a rapid speed..
PUSH INWARD & DOWN
Smack clay on wheel & as
wheel turns quickly & hold
round & push down; then
push in & up, into a cone.
FINGERS KEEP CLAY IN CENTER
Open by holding round on
outside & pushing down
in center with thumbs.
Leave 5/8" for trimming foot.
RAISING THE WALL
Pull up "ring" or coil of
clay from inside &
outside to raise walls.
Repeat & repeat & repeat....
SLOW DOWN THE WHEEL
Trim uneven walls of pot
with pin tool.  Push in
while wheel turns & remove
quickly with left hand.  
WHEEL TURNING SLOWLY &
KEEP WATER OUT OF POT
Final shaping & sponging of
extra water inside & outside
will prevent later cracks.
IT TAKES TIME TO SHAPE
AN ATTRACTIVE POT
Shaping the pot from inside &
outside at points with pressure
of hands, ribs & sponges.
REFINING THE POT'S FINISH
* * *
After clay dries to leather hard,
it will be turned over onto the wheel
& a foot is trimmed with metal tools,
similar to turning wood on a lathe.  
When pot is "bone dry", it is bisque
fired in a kiln & finally it is glazed
& fired again in a glaze firing.
SHAPING IS VERY IMPORTANT
Observe the shape.  When done,
cut under with pin tool
& wire, then move pot onto
wood or plaster bat.
RESIST CENTRIFUGAL FORCE
If needed:  "Collaring" the
thinned walls so they
do not collapse & then to
begin to define the shape.

POTTER'S WHEEL
DEMO