This video talks about creating larger forms on the wheel. Larger forms can be quite daunting if you haven’t tried them before. They can also be quite the challenge if you have! The most difficult part of creating larger forms is controlling the greater amount of clay that you must use.
Before I start any large form I will usually throw one or two smaller forms to warm myself up. While throwing the smaller ones keep a close eye on your mechanics. Focus on where you’re putting pressure on the clay as you center the piece and what angles you are pushing at the clay to open and pull. Sometimes when we throw smaller forms with less clay we become careless and our throwing mechanics can get sloppy because we have the strength in our hands to overcome it. With the larger amounts of clay (over 12lbs) proper angles and mechanics become exceedingly important.
Something to think about when you are throwing large amounts of clay: brace yourself! The clay is going to want to push you around, if your body isn’t properly braced you may find yourself at the mercy of the clay. Don’t try to pull all the clay up at once. With less clay sometimes it’s easy to get your height in just two pulls, you’re not going to do this with a lot of clay; nor should you. Keep the base thick – you’re better off trimming later than reaching 16 plus inches and having your piece collapse from underneath. It’s important to remember that as your clay gets taller it needs to be thicker in order to support its own weight.
Throwing Large Forms: