Throwing Lidded Jars: Techniques

Get Ready to Throw Some Lidded Jars!

Are you ready to take your pottery skills to the next level? Throwing lidded jars is a fun and challenging project that will test your abilities and creativity. From centering clay to attaching the perfect lid, there are several techniques to master. In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of throwing lidded jars and share some tricks to create unique and beautiful pieces. Let’s get started!

Centering Clay: The Foundation for Success

Before you start throwing your lidded jar, you need to make sure your clay is centered on the wheel. This is the foundation for success and will make the rest of the process much easier. To center clay, first, wedge it to remove air bubbles and improve its consistency. Then, place it on the center of the wheel head and press it down with your hands. Start the wheel and use your hands to shape the clay into a cone. Apply pressure to the center with your thumbs, while keeping your hands wet and in contact with the clay. Once the clay is centered, you’re ready to start throwing your jar.

Steps for Throwing the Perfect Lid

To throw a lidded jar, you first need to throw the main body of the jar. Once you’ve achieved the desired shape and thickness, it’s time to start on the lid. Take a small piece of clay and center it on the wheel. Use your fingers to shape it into a flat disc, then use a rib tool to refine the shape and thickness. Next, create a small indentation in the center of the lid, and shape it into a cone. Keep your hands wet and use your fingers to pull the clay upwards, creating a dome shape. Use a wooden tool to trim the edges and refine the shape. The lid should fit snugly on the rim of your jar, so make sure to measure it against the jar before finishing it off.

Shaping Techniques for Unique Lids

While lids are often simple and functional, there are many ways to make them unique and interesting. Try adding texture to the surface with a stamp or a carving tool. You can also create a knob or handle on the top of the lid by pulling up a small piece of clay and shaping it into the desired form. Experiment with different shapes and sizes to find the perfect lid for your jar.

Tricks for Attaching Lids to Your Jars

Attaching the lid to the jar can be tricky, but there are several tricks you can use to make it easier. First, make sure the edges of both the lid and the jar are smooth and even. Use a slip solution to moisten the rim of the jar and the underside of the lid. Gently press the lid onto the jar and use your fingers to smooth out any gaps. You can also use a wooden tool to create a groove or channel for the lid to sit in, which will help keep it in place.

Finishing Touches: Glazing and Firing

Once your lidded jar is complete, it’s time to add the finishing touches. You can decorate it with glaze, underglaze, or paint. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for applying and firing the glaze, as different types have different requirements. The firing process can also affect the final outcome, so make sure to fire your piece at the appropriate temperature and duration.

Throwing lidded jars is a fun and rewarding project that requires skill, patience, and creativity. With the techniques and tricks we’ve shared in this article, you’ll be able to create unique and beautiful pieces that will impress everyone. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try new things, and remember to have fun! Happy throwing!