on 24 January 2011
"Throwing Pots" by Phil Rogers is another of the volumes in the excellent Ceramics Handbook series. Throwing on a wheel is a skill that cannot be learned merely from reading books, but this little book does at least provide a good and concise introduction to the subject for beginners. It starts with descriptions of the tools and equipment required, the types of clay needed, and the importance of wedging and how to do it properly. It then briefly covers centering, opening and pulling up the clay to form a cylinder. The rest of the book essentially covers the differences in throwing a variety of different types of pots (bowls, jugs, plates, bottles, teapots, and lids) before finishing off with chapters on turning (trimming) and faceting. Included in the chapter on throwing jugs is a really good section describing how to pull handles and attach them to your pieces properly. Throughout the book, the author provides his opinion on the proper aesthetics of thrown pots and encourages the reader to do their own study of both historical and contemporary pots to develop a good eye for a "good" pot. This book is everything that you would expect from a basic book on throwing and is written in a concise and surprisingly readable manner.
on 1 March 2011
A great book. Full of excellent photographs and clear instructions. The book does not indicate that a lot of practice is necessary. For the complete beginner, it could appear misleading that any form may be mastered just by following the instructions. For the more experienced potter, this is excellent for clarifying hand position e.t.c. when throwing a pot. On the whole an essential item for any potter wishing to master the wheel.