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October 8, 2011

Centering Guide

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– Fully detailed and illustrated centering, opening, and lifting guide
– Solutions guide solves problems with jittering mats, centering cone dislocations, centering issues, and more.

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Free look inside Throwing Fundamentals, A Beginner’s Guide to Pottery: Centering

Centering

Centering forms the foundation of the piece. Although centering is simple to understand, in practice it can be very tedious and challenging.

After the clay is wedged, it is condensed into a ball. Lightly dampen the center of the wheel or mat with a sponge and water. This helps the clay stick to the wheel or mat. Finally, throw the condensed clay ball onto the center of the wheel.

Clay to be Thrown in Middle of Wheel

Position your elbows in the 8 o’clock and 4 o’clock positions. Dampen the sponge to lubricate the clay. Keep your elbows low, tucked in, and toward your body on top of your hips.

Rotate the wheel at a medium speed. Press into the clay toward the center of the wheel with your palms and thumbs. As you gain control of the clay, you may increase speed to a comfortable level.

Hand and Elbow Placement

The center of the palm is used to press the clay toward the center of the wheel. The left arm helps by pushing toward the center from the 8 o’clock position. Pressure applied by the left palm compresses the clay. The right palm then balances and reinforces this pressure. Remember to keep the pressure directed toward the center of the wheel and lubricate when needed.

Palm Pressure Locations

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A centering cone is a good method to help in the centering process.  To form a centering cone, place your palms on the outside of the clay and press inward to draw the cone upward and continue until a cone is formed. Follow this by pressing the cone down toward the center of the wheel with your right hand while balancing it with your left hand.  Continue to repeat this process until the clay is centered. Forming a Centering Cone
The clay is centered when it rotates uniformly and constantly. Repeat the centering process until the clay is centered. Pressing Cone Down

The needle tool may be used to quickly show if the clay is centered. Simply hold the needle steady, just outside the clay’s edge.  If strikes are made in the clay in certain parts and not others, unfortunately, the clay is not centered.

Centered Clay

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Throwing Fundamentals – The perfect getting-started guide for you at the wheel.

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