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Throwing “off the hump”


I taught this student how to throw “off the hump” as a way of speeding up the throwing process. This can be particularly helpful in a two hour evening class at Greenwich Community College as centering small lumps of clay can be time consuming.

Five similar vessels produced ready for turning.

I make my katori bowls june 2014 using this same method.

Watch this video on youtube to see exactly how its done

throwing off the hump


Here are the five cups glazed and ready to use.

From left to right

1,  4,and  5

Pale blue dipped over halfway then shiny orange over the opposite halfway  .

2 and 3

Shiny white then strontium black applied in the same way.

All fired  to 1260 degrees C

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Glazing is amazing at Greenwich Community College

During the ceramics evening class at Greenwich Community College students shared their favourite glazing techniques, these are some of the results.


Shiny orange dipped just over halfway from the right, then dark blue to halfway from the left giving the double dipped stripe in the middle. The right edge is then dipped in dark blue, the left edge in shiny orange. Resulting in 5 bands of colour using only two glazes!

When dark blue is applied under or over the shiny orange, ie double dipped either way the resulting three stripes that are not orange or blue but a mixture of either one over or under the other.



This is achieved by dipping the whole bowl in light blue, followed by dipping right and left edges in reactive grey.

Great results, proving yet again that glazing is amazing.