Laura took some photos of throwing in progress which some of you might find interesting/amusing/whatever! I've converted them to black and white as the lobster like hue of my balding head was rather distracting!
This fellow rather took a fancy to me the other day when I visited a farm, I think it considered that we had quite a lot in common!
Here we are with probably about 5 or 6 kgs of clay on the wheel head. I am slapping it into shape before centering it.
After centering the clay and opening a well in it with my thumbs, I pull it up into a cylinder that gently tapers inward. This is a strong shape which opposes the natural tendency of the clay to want to grow outwards.
After two or three pulls of the clay to gain height and to even out the thickness of the wall, I form and compress the rim of the pot to give it strength.
Holding a wooden rib with my right hand to steady, compress, and help shape the clay, I push out with the fingers of my left hand that is inside the pot and swell the pot out from the original tall cylinder towards the final rounded form.
Here I am giving roundness to the shoulder of the pot. Both hands are in contact as much as possible. I find I use the little finger of my right hand in place of a wooden rib for this operation.
This is one of several large vases that I made in the run up to throwing the water jar, I think it is around 16 inches high. I have experimented with pouring slip over this one and shaking wood ash, feldspar, and other goodies into the wet slip. Hopefully it will self glaze like one of those self saucing puddings that look so good on the photo of the packaging that they come in at the supermarket.
Here is another photo of the water jar with a bit of its lid visible.
My drying rack is filling up rather. I'll be bisque firing most of them over the next few days. Some will be glaze-fired raw.
Note, I added a couple more photos of the throwing a pot sequence, and some captions to this post after the very first comments came in.