Want to see me make a hash of throwing the ClayCraft teapot?

Updated: May 10, 2018

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If you're following my Confessions of a Novice blog in ClayCraft, you'll see that issue 11 describes my attempts to throw the magazine's beautiful teapot project. The problem was that I'd hardly thrown anything before, let alone a relatively enclosed shape, and a lid, and a spout...

It did not go well.

If you enjoy watching disasters unfold, you may want to watch at least some of my (extremely speeded-up) footage, of all four throwing days that it took me to actually throw the pot.

This becomes clear when I confess that I don't actually manage to make anything like a teapot until after about 20 minutes. Feel free to skip ahead!

Warning: This is not your usual soothing and satisfying pottery video. This is warts and all beginner throwing. Watch, tut, and marvel at how much better you are than me.

You'll see many minutes of attempting to center the clay, and messing up. I've left it all in, albeit much speeded up, as a true record of the time and effort needed to improve. I wish I'd had a teacher on hand to point out the mistakes I was repeatedly making, but I did not.

All that said, you may enjoy watching this if you're a beginner and wondering why you're no good yet. You may feel better to watch someone worse than you. And you may well be encouraged - this was over 8 hours of attempting to throw at the end of October 2017, and I was terrible. I threw very little after that until the Christmas holidays, when I had a few good sessions. And then last weekend I threw a fabulous bottle. All that practice finally paid off.

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So, here goes...

Thanks to Audionautix for the music:

Smooth Sailing (with Guitar) by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: http://audionautix.com/