[Clayart] Potter

Tommy Humphries tommyhumphries at sbcglobal.net
Wed Oct 12 22:10:03 EDT 2016

The term throw began being used in the US as the studio potter movement began. Throw was the traditional term used in Europe. 

Throw/thrae/thrawn...to twist, or spin, as in a thrawn, or twisted rope.

In early America, the potters, and their helpers...more often than not, uneducated, translated this as turning, and this term stuck. Most old timers ( Jim, and I, included) still use turning as the preferred verb.

Tommy Humphries. 

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> On Oct 12, 2016, at 2:01 PM, Cyndy Littleton <shorthill at gmail.com> wrote:
> When did the word "throw" replace "turned"?
>> On Wed, Oct 12, 2016 at 10:06 AM, Jim Brown <jbrown1000 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Cindy, back in the dark ages, a potter was one who made pots - lots of pots
>> that were used on a daily basis.  These operations were of two main types -
>> the farmer working mostly by himself making pots during the down time and
>> the production potteries which employed a number of people and ran year
>> around.
>> It did not include someone that make sculptures or someone that worked with
>> clay in other ways as is today's definition.
>> There were few potters in the country by the late 1940's due to most of the
>> things they made were being replaced with glass and tin cans and those that
>> were left were having to change over to "art ware" type items.  About this
>> time many from the other arts started to take an interest in working with
>> clay, including turning and, since at that time many learned by attending
>> collage, the language started to change as well.  Anyone who worked with
>> clay was a potter, they "threw" rather than turned and "fired"  rather than
>> burned.
>> Today, we have "studio potters" that include anything to do with clay.  Not
>> good - not bad.  Just what has changed as life moves on.
>> *                       JIM BROWN*
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