Wheel-Thrown Pottery for Beginners
4.5 (36 ratings)
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Wheel-Thrown Pottery for Beginners

Creating Wheel Thrown Ceramics
4.5 (36 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
147 students enrolled
Created by Trent Berning
Last updated 7/2019
English [Auto-generated]
Price: $19.99
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This course includes
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 11 articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Understanding of the technical processes, concepts and practices of pottery wheel based art.
  • Student will be able to throw basic forms on the pottery wheel.
  • No experience necessary, you will need to have access to clay and a pottery wheel if you would like to participate in the exercises.

This course offers a thorough, well-organized, and detailed approach to the numerous aspects of the of the potter's wheel as a mode of artistic expression. Students learn through text, video demonstrations and skill building exercises that walk individuals through a strategic hierarchy of beginning forms. The class moves through studio set up and safety, construction processes, to artistic aesthetic choices.

The class is a thoughtful blend of artistic guidance and fundamental educational goals for art students, Wheel-Thrown Pottery for Beginners was developed for varying levels of art courses and for individuals wishing to pursue their own ceramic education. The class will enable you to speak knowledgeably about the medium, understand techniques, outline clear forming steps, and to expand your knowledge of the pottery’s wheel.

Who this course is for:
  • This is a great course for anyone interested in art, pottery and/or ceramics.
  • Is a great tool to any one taking a clay/ceramic class.
  • A good resource for teachers with limited ceramic knowledge, like high school instructors.
  • Great resource for the art classroom.
Course content
Expand all 30 lectures 03:17:29
+ Introduction to the Class
3 lectures 01:26
Introduction to the Class
Ceramic Medium Assumptions
Professor’s Contact Information
+ Throwing Basics
6 lectures 01:01:36
Ram's Head Wedging
Removal Techniques
Trimming Basics
Shaping, Bellying and Collaring
Throw five cylinders at a minimum of 5-inches tall.
1 question
+ Cups
3 lectures 37:49
Cup Demo
Trimming a Cup
Throw 5 cylinders a minimum of 5 inches tall. The cylinders’ walls must be thin, even, strait, centered and the top level. After the cylinders create 5 cups that are 4 to 5 inches tall, at least three of the cups have to be trimmed (no holes in the bottom), and at least two must have handles.
Cup Project: Assignment of Fives
1 question
Decorate each cup with a pre-determined theme. Examples: each cup represents one of the seven deadly sins, heroes or villains, or a historical or contemporary figures. The cups can be altered, added to or subtracted from. The expressed theme of the vessel should dominate over the functionality.
Cups With a Theme
1 question
+ Bowls and Open Forms
3 lectures 32:31
Trimming Bowls
Bowl Conclusion and Colanders
Create six trimmed bowls with at least three of the bowls decorated with applied design, subtractive design and one that emphasizes texture or distortions.
Bowls and Surface
1 question
+ Plates, Flatware and Bats
3 lectures 28:03
Plates and Flatware
Trimming Plates
Design a plate for a specific purpose to add a challenging element to your flatware.
Plates with Purpose
1 question
+ Additional Skill Builders
0 lectures 00:00
Move away from traditional round thrown forms and think more sculpturally.
Stacked Sculpture
1 question
Research in an important aspect of becoming an informed and well-rounded artist.
1 question
Create a piece that is inspired by this culture or movement through form and surface.
Historically Based Forms
1 question
+ Critiquing and Self-Evaluation
8 lectures 05:56
General Critiquing Points
Critiquing Cups, Bullet Points
Critiquing Vases, Bullet Points
Critiquing Bowls/Open Forms, Bullet Points
Critiquing Plates/Flatware, Bullet Points
Critiquing Trimming, Bullet Points
Critiquing Handles, Bullet Points
Critiquing Test Tiles, Bullet Points