Centering Large Pieces

Centering large pieces of clay was a huge struggle for me until the pottery assistant at college in 1972 casually asked if I had ever tried centering two small lumps of clay individually and then pressing them together to make one large lump. From that day on, it's the method I use.

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The same series of models is shown in both photos. After the bottom lump of clay is centered separately, a second lump of clay is placed on top and centered before the two are merged. Not shown: To make an even larger mound of centered clay, place another piece of clay on top and center it. Repeat as desired.

The dividing line between top lump and bottom lump stays well defined until the top lump is centered.

Copyright 2003 Cinda Mefferd