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Throwing on the Potter's Wheel.

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Three videotapes, Beta or VHS, 30 minutes each. Bristol Video Productions. Tape I, Beginning to Work on the Potter's Wheel, describes the wedging process, the wheel and the centering and throwing of a basic cylinder. The potter stresses the mastery of skills and shows the finger/hand positions and basic concepts through closeup photography, making this an excellent vehicle for learning to throw on a wheel as well as for reevaluating skills.

Tape II, Making Many Different Pieces on the Potter's Wheel, presents a series of descriptive lessons on making various functional pieces of pottery with covers, spouts, handles and lids. Emphasis is on form vs. function. The concise approach to creating these forms and the skill of the potter illustrates the necessity of developing skills in the manipulation of clay on the wheel.

Tape III, The Potter's Philosophy, provides insights into the master potter's attraction to this media/craft, his personal ideas and satisfaction with the creating of ceramic pieces, and the production process in which he works. The value of hand-thrown versus commercially produced products allows students the opportunity to understand the artist's philosophical and aesthetic base.

The technical and functional approach to the making of pottery emphasized in these tapes presents a valid approach for a curriculum. The length of the tapes and the clarity of the lessons make them readily adaptable to classroom use.
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Author:Driscoll, Virgi
Publication:School Arts
Article Type:Video Recording Review
Date:Mar 1, 1989
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