Throwing on the Wheel
"I love that working with clay is a metaphor for life and involves important life skills such as patience and being “centered”. I’ve learned and re-learned these lessons and sure enough, pretty much every time I try to force something or move too quickly to the next part of the process, the results are not satisfying."
This past weekend Bailey hosted 2 one-day workshops at the Bailey Pottery Equipment Studio. Both sold-out days were packed with enthusiastic participants from as far away as Canada. Jen, in her usual fashion, wowed our guests with her unique throwing and carving skills. For the first time ever we live streamed a small part of her demonstration and even took a few questions from the Facebook audience.
You might find it relatively easy to center a round, symmetrical form on the potter's wheel for trimming just by placing coils of clay around the rim of the pot. But once you start to throw and alter forms many of them don't end up symmetrical. When it comes time to trim a foot on plates that have been squared off, pitchers with spouts and three-sided cups, centering for trimming can get a bit more complicated.
Thus we are launching this 'Centering to trim with the Bailey Quick Trim II' post.