When a person is demonstrating for an audience how to do something, there are generally unexpected results. Sometimes the demonstration goes according to plan. This in itself is a surprise because it doesn't happen very often. The instructor may have an off day, or the clay might be unworkable for...

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By the time most people are ready to set up their own pottery studio, they have been working at the local pottery shop for at least several months. This allows them the opportunity to meet others who share their passion for creation, and making friends among the group is a...

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It is a joy to watch an experienced potter throw a lump of clay onto a wheel and create a bowl, dish, mug or pot. The process looks seamless and easy. Of course that is generally what happens when an experienced potter is at the wheel. With any hobby or...

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Choosing the type of clay to be used to make a piece of pottery depends on the skill of the potter and the item they are making. Clay has imperfections within it, and the potter must understand how to choose correctly. While many projects can be done with a variety...

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Clay is a wonderful medium for those who want to learn how to create, and many people find a ready source of material in their area. They may buy a potter’s wheel, and some of them will even set up their own small shop. This is a great hobby for...

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The internet is a wonderful place where people can learn many things. Unfortunately, learning the basics of pottery is not one of them. There are a large number of videos on working clay and throwing pots. These videos are done well and often have great tips and tricks. Many of them are very useful for advanced students that want to learn new techniques.

One of the main reasons these videos cannot always assist a beginner is because they are incomplete. Few instructors want to make mistakes that will be posted where anyone in the world can see them. Instructors tend to leave out the mistakes that can happen to even an experienced pot thrower. Learning about these mistakes and how to avoid them is very important when learning the basics of pottery. Rather than wasting time and energy, it is best to take a real class or at least attend several demonstrations.