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Throwing (New Ceramics)

Throwing is an important skill for any potter to master, using only a few tools, the guidance of their hands, and the momentum of a wheel. Having spent his life making pots and teaching others to make them, Richard Phethean describes essential techniques for working on the wheel with an eye for the practical. He covers a range of forms, from simple domestic pots to more complex vessels, with the aim of building makers' confidence in throwing techniques. The book features clear instructions for creating each type of vessel, accompanied by illustrated step-by-step instructions, which demonstrate the techniques described. It also profiles the work of contemporary potters for whom throwing is a vital part of their practice. Throwing is an essential companion for anyone attempting to master the art of forming pots on the wheel.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction A Brief History of The Wheel Chapter 1 Getting Started Chapter 2 Basic Techniques Chapter 3 Domestic Pots Chapter 4 Advance Techniques Chapter 5 Personal Approaches Suppliers Bibliography Index

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An concise, accessible introduction to this essential skill, with step-by-step instructions and tips on how to throw various types of pots on a wheel.

About the Author

A ceramics graduate of the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, Richard Phethean is an established professional potter with more than thirty years' experience of teaching pottery. He is a Fellow of the Craft Potters Association and is on the Crafts Council of Great Britain's Index of Selected Makers. For twelve years from 1996, Richard was a visiting staff member in the role of throwing tutor for the Workshop Ceramics degree course at the University of Westminster. In 2001 Richard was invited to establish a new ceramics facility as Resident Potter at Sibford, a Quaker school on the North Oxfordshire Cotswold borders, where today he continues to develop his work, exhibiting widely in galleries and fairs throughout the UK and Europe.


A stimulation of creativity and of ideas for the maker ... This is a good book, it has emerged fresh and smart from an update and deserves a place in your library. * London Potters News * I enjoyed Richard Phethean's book enormously ... [The book is all about] making and wanting to make. The inspiration comes from the continual need to improve, experiment and innovate, whether it's following a brilliant method of making oval dishes (no cutting, no scars), or a nice approach to a composite pot with a little off centre lean. To inspire further, there are little vignettes from some well-known potters ... Excellent glimpses into the working practice of those whose work is so admired and a spur to those whose work is developing. * Shards: South Wales Potter Newsletter *

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