Centering clay on the potter’s wheel is one of the first, and by far the most important activity that any potter must learn before it is possible to throw a pot.
Most beginner potters are so eager to start throwing, that it take some time to realize the importance of good centering. Some potters will lose interest at this stage and strictly concentrate on hand building. Others will end up with an injury or have difficulty to recover from bad habits.
There is not just one good way to learn to center clay, but there are good ways and bad ways. An understanding of what happens on the wheel will help to find the best way.
In this video, I am explaining to you what is happening on the wheel during the centering of clay and teach you my way. Enjoy!
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Antoinette Badenhorst is a ceramic artist working with porcelain clay. She teaches potters all over the world in hands-on and online workshops. Antoinette is the author of many articles, blogs posts and the author of "Working with Porcelain"