Beginning to Throw on the Potter's Wheel
with Robin Hopper
Learn the throwing
techniques that Robin Hopper has developed during his award-winning forty-year
career. This comprehensive introduction to throwing on the potter's wheel
features wedging, centering, the throwing of basic forms, and trimming.
The video uses multiple camera angles and close-ups to demonstrate what
the hands and fingers do at various stages, both inside and outside a thrown
object. Robin works with the basic cylindrical form, and presents throwing
exercises that lead to mastery of the throwing process for a variety of
sizes and shapes of cylinders, including waisted, conical and spherical
variations. He concludes by demonstrating the throwing of bowls and plates.
"[Hopper] explains each movement in a very understandable fashion, and
the excellent camerawork allows home viewers to get as close as a student
- or perhaps even closer . . . . It's hard to imagine a more lucid or comprehensive
introduction to the subject . . Highly recommended."
Robin Hopper . . . skillfully guides [novices] in using the wheel, including
wedging, centering, shaping and trimming the clay . . . . Presented without
glitz or pretense . . . thorough and clearly explained.
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