Potter's Wheel Classes with Cinda Mefferd
Choice Points and Key Questions to Ask and AnswerWhen approaching an intersection of streets, an essential question comes to mind. "Can I cross or do I need to wait?" Similarly, while making pots, questions and answers guide the process.
"Should I widen my bowl or is it already wide enough?"
"Will this pot slump if I make it thinner?"
"How wide is the rim compared to the base of the pot?"
Navigating pottery's "safe zones" and "danger zones" increases the likelihood of success. Landmarks for shape, hand positions, the amount of pressure to apply, grips on tools, and sequential steps can be noted and practiced at home using visualization, pantomime, and props such a bowl or plastic container.
Training the eye to contrast-and-compare is very helpful. So is planning ahead. For example, when first placing the clay on the potter's wheel, Why would I press in a downward (rather than upward) direction? To help adhere the clay onto the potter's wheel.
The following questions assess the pot's floor (interior bottom).
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