[Clayart] BAD POTS

Vince Pitelka vpitelka at dtccom.net
Wed Oct 26 18:18:25 EDT 2016

At the start of our Clay on the Wheel class, the students make 5" cylinders, cutting each one in half to evaluate it, and they have to keep doing that until they can show me six 5" cylinders (both halves) with even thickness across the bottom and up the walls.  A little later they do the same thing with 8" cylinders.
- Vince

Vince Pitelka
Appalachian Center for Craft
Tennessee Tech University
vpitelka at dtccom.net  

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Subject: [Clayart] BAD POTS

David wrote...

To this end I demonstrated a well thrown simple form and then wire cut the piece into halves so they could see the wall's interior profile. 
Gasps! followed by attention!

The wire cutting also served to drive home that a piece (even a "good" 
one) is not precious, but simply serves the purpose intended.

  I was taught this by my teacher at the COLLEGE of ARTS & CRAFTS, in Oakland,Cal., 1960, now called ( COLLEGE OF THE ARTS ) his name was "Corky"  (Vernon Coykendahl ) his aim was not to show that a simple cylinder was  "precious", but rather to show what the cylinder walls should look like, straight and even thickness, and that the floor was flat. I did the same thing when I was teaching beginners how to throw a cylinder, in my high school teaching days. Mike Gordon

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