Pottery 101: Wheel Throwing

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If you’re like most people, your level of knowledge with regards to wheel throwing stretches no further than that one scene from the movie “Ghost”, but are you one of the select few who know more? Let’s find out!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What are the two styles of wedging?

    • A.

      Bull's Head and Spiral

    • B.

      Spiral and Ox round

    • C.

      Oxhead and Spiral

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Oxhead and Spiral
    Explanation
    Oxhead and Spiral are the two styles. Wedging forces the clay to become uniform in quality and removes air pockets in that clay.

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  • 2. 

    While throwing, where should your elbows be?

    • A.

      In the air

    • B.

      Anchored to your core

    • C.

      Anchored to your knees

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Anchored to your core
    Explanation
    Ideally, elbows should be locked into your core to increase stability and strength while throwing. If your body is not strong, the clay will have a tendency to go off "center".

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  • 3. 

    You want to use as much water as possible while throwing to soften the clay.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Water is needed for wheel throwing, yet too much water can cause more damage then not enough water.

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  • 4. 

    You turn on the wheel before slamming clay on the wheel head.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    You want the wheel to be completely still while slamming clay on it. If the wheel is moving you have the ability to hurt yourself and possibly cause the clay to go flying across a room.

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  • 5. 

    When using the wooden knife, you wan to hold the tool as if it was a ___________.

    Correct Answer
    Pencil
    Explanation
    Holding the wooden knife like a pencil is the most natural way to keep control of the tool.

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  • 6. 

    What tool do you use to check the depth of you base?

    • A.

      Gut feeling

    • B.

      Ruler

    • C.

      Needle tool

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Needle tool
    Explanation
    You would use the needle tool by inserting the tool vertically into the base. Sliding your finger down the tool until you touch the clay, remove the tool and finger. The area from the tip of your finger to the tip of the tool represents the depth of the base.

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  • 7. 

    You ________ the lip rim to make it stronger.

    Correct Answer
    Compress
    Explanation
    Compressing the lip rim will increase stability through the throwing process.

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  • 8. 

    Use the wire tool to remove the finished pot from the wheel.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Using the the wire toll will allow you to cut the finished pot off the wheel head cleanly and efficiently.

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  • 9. 

    What is the reason for wedging?

    • A.

      To make it look pretty

    • B.

      To prepare the clay for throwing

    • C.

      No reason

    • D.

      To warm up your arms for throwing

    Correct Answer
    B. To prepare the clay for throwing
    Explanation
    Wedging is the first step in throwing. Wedge to reduce inconsistencies and prepare the clay for throwing.

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  • 10. 

    Wheel throwing can be learned quickly and easily.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    This art form is learned over time and must be practiced to gain skills.

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