Wheel thrown pottery is produced on a potter's wheel. This rotating wheel "throws" the clay outwards, and the potter uses his hands to control and mold it against this force. This technique is often used to produce symmetrical vessel forms such as bowls, vases, and plates.
In this technique, the potter uses tools or simple hand pressure in forming a clay body. Hand forming is often used in more sculptural forms and combined with other forming methods to produce the final object.
Coiling is an age old technique of building pots or sculpture's by laying coils or ropes of clay one upon another and working them together. Coiling can be treated as a preliminary to pinching, stroking and even throwing.
This technique uses pieces of clay which are formed through rolling and pressing. The slabs can then be cut into shapes and manipulated in a variety of ways. Once the desired shape is achieved the piece is fired. The terms hard slab and soft slab refer to the relative hardness of the clay body itself during the forming process.
Slip casting is the making of pottery in molds using liquid body or slip. The mold is filled with slip. The absorption of water from the slip by the plaster causes a thin wall of clay to be deposited on the surface of the mold. Surplus slip is then poured off and the cast is left to dry and shrink away from the mold. Once dry the new form can be removed from the mold and fired.
Tools are used to manipulate clay in various fashions, depending on the tool and the desired result. They can include everything from simple wooden sculpture tools to the pottery wheel.