• Throwing Notes:
     
    1. Wedge clay very well into a cone like shape
    2. Throw (or set firmly down) your clay ontothe centerof the wheel
    3. Seal the bottom of the clay to the wheel with a wet finger while spinning the wheel counter-clockwise
    4. Spin the wheel (by kicking) vigorousy counterclockwise, put a little water on your hands, lock arms against your body and begin to form your clay. You will first try to form it into a centered cone, then down into a centered tuna can shape
    5 Repeat coning your clay up then down until you have it centered down in a tuna can shape: flat top and straight sides-it should look as if it isn't moving when you spin the wheel=perfectly symmetrical.
    6. Holding your right hand with your left hand, press your middle and or index finger into the center of the clay, just slightly off center. Go slowly. If your hands start sticking to the clay, stop and add water.
    NEVER kick the wheel while touching the clay. The clay will follow your hands.
    7. Press down into the center of the clay until you have a deep well. Make sure to stop pressing about 1/2" before hitting the wheel head. You can use a needle tool to check the measurement  of the base.
    8. Switch hands, put your left hand inside and your right hand outside.Create an undercut by moving your fingers from the center of the well, across the base and out to about 1/2" from the side walls.
    9. Make your first pull by pressing your left hand fingers towards your right then pull gently up. Try to keep your thumbs touching so that your hands move together.
    10. Repeat the process of pulling up your walls of clay to create a cylinder. Once the walls become thin towards the top, don't press as hard there, just release the pressure.
     
    The goal is to have a cylinder with taller walls than base, 3/8 to 1/2 inch base, square interior corners, and even walls measuring 1/4 to 3/8 inches thickness. The top should be even as well, not lopsided.